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Enter to a copy of The Incendiaries

This competition is now closed.   If you’ve already read the extract from The Incendiaries we shared earlier this month, it will come as no surprise that the critics are  raving about R. O. Kwon’s stunning debut. The novel is part fractured love story, part brilliant exploration into the minds of extremist terrorists and completely riveting. Take…

Read an Extract | The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon Out in Hardback September 2018. Ebook now available.  Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible…

Message From the Skies with Val McDermid & Susan Ferrier

Inspired by a line from Robert Burns’ poem Sketch New Year’s Day. To Mrs Dunlop (1790),Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival commissioned bestselling author Val McDermid to write a short story, New Year’s Resurrection, which is being told in a series of chapters through projections and other art onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh throughout January….

Calling all Sarah Waters fans

In 2018 year we publish the 20th anniversary edition of Sarah Waters’ debut novel, Tipping the Velvet. As part of the celebrations, Sarah will be at Virago HQ in January to record exclusive material for the soon-to-relaunch Virago podcast (more on that soon . . .) Named author of the year four times by the…

Tipping the Velvet 20th Anniversary Edition

‘What fun it was to write! That’s what I remember most about it: the fun, the fizz, the exhilaration of putting it together, page by page. I owe Tipping the Velvet a great deal… It made an author of me, leaving me with a hunger to write again, and write better’  – Sarah Waters We…

Meet the winner of Virago and The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement 

Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement Sarah Savitt, Publisher at Virago, and Sam Baker, Co-Founder and CEO of The Pool, are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award is Lara Thompson for her debut novel One Night, New York. Val McDermid gave Thompson the award in person today…

VMC Book Club - Anne of Green Gables

Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Anne of Green Gables

A childhood favourite that deserves a re-read. ‘Oh, it seems so wonderful that I’m going to live with you and belong to you. I’ve never belonged to anybody’ When a scrawny, freckled girl with bright red hair arrives on Prince Edward Island, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are taken by surprise; they’d asked for a quiet…

Virago Writing Tips: A Q&A with Susie Steiner

Readers and reviewers have fallen in love with your detective, Manon Bradshaw. What’s your top tip for creating a compelling central character? I think for a character to be real, you mustn’t sugar-coat them. Give them flaws, and I don’t mean adorable romcom flaws, like wearing wacky tights or shopping in flea markets. I mean…