Margaret Atwood wins the Man Booker for The Blind Assassin. We have now have published twenty-five of her books over thirty-five years and sold 3.5 million copies. Five years later Margaret Atwood wins the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Enlightenment Award to mark a distinguished contribution to world literature and thought.
Sarah Waters shortlisted for both the Orange and Man Booker prizes for Fingersmith and a year later wins The South Bank Show Award for Literature, the Author of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, The Bookseller’s Association Awards and also Waterstone’s Author of the Year Award.
Virago Modern Classics acquires the complete list of twenty-seven of Daphne du Maurier’s books.
Virago publishes Åsne Seierstad’s The Bookseller of Kabul which will go on to win a Neilsen Golden Book Award for selling 500,000 copies.
Virago celebrates thirty years of publishing the best of women’s writing, as commemorated in this poem by Margaret Atwood.
Sarah Dunant publishes The Birth of Venus, beginning a stellar career writing Italian Renaissance novels, including the marvellous Blood & Beauty (2013).
Three of the six Orange shortlisted titles are published by Virago: Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire, Gillian Slovo’s The Ice Road. The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard goes on to win The Miles Franklin Award.
The Virago Modern Classics are thirty and Donna Coonan, Virago Modern Classics’ editor, launches the Hardback Designer Classics Series.
Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch hits Number One in the hardback fiction bestseller list, is shortlisted for the Orange and the Man Booker and she wins the Stonewall Writer of the Year Award (and again in 2009).
Little, Brown is sold to Hachette Book Group and soon after move to Blackfriars Bridge, London.