Jill Liddington’s The Long Road to Greenham wins The Fawcett Society Prize.
Deborah Tannen’s You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation becomes an instant bestseller.
The Haunting of Sylvia Plath by Jacqueline Rose wins the Fawcett Society Prize.
Virago celebrates its twentieth birthday. The list has grown from eleven books a year to nearly 100, the staff from three to nineteen. Harriet Spicer is MD and Lennie Goodings is Publisher. Company is first in the Old Piano Factory, Camden Town and then moves to rent offices in Random House, Vauxhall Bridge Road.
Michèle Roberts wins the prestigious WHSmith Literary Award for Daughters of the House, which was also shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize.
Times are tough, downturn in the market results in smaller list and sadly, a smaller team. Independence is harder to maintain. After eight years of going it alone the Virago Board decides to sell the (profitable) company to Philippa Harrison, CEO and Publisher of Little, Brown (then owned by Time Warner). Move into Little Brown…
From January Virago operates as an imprint of Little, Brown. Photo from 1997 with Little, Brown CEO Philippa Harrison, Lennie Goodings, Publisher and Sally Abbey, Senior Editor.
Sarah Waters writes Tipping the Velvet which is published in the Virago V imprint.
The imprint bounces back to achieve its highest trade turnover fuelled in part by the spectacular success of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.
Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room becomes a Virago Modern Classic.