Nina Bawden’s The Birds on the Trees and Shirley Hazzard’s The Bay of Noon are nominated for the Lost Man Booker. Nina Bawden wins the Gold PEN Award for her contribution to literature.
Lennie Goodings and Virago win Editor and Imprint of the Year at the book industry’s NIBBIES awards.
Ursula Doyle, now Virago’s Associate Publisher, brings Claire Messud to the list; her first novel with Virago, The Woman Upstairs is published in 2013.
Sarah Waters wins Glamour Magazine Writer of the Year Award.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain is published, selected for Richard & Judy and has now sold over 100,000 copies.
Virago Modern Classics acquire all of Mary Renault’s ouevre.
Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat, published to great acclaim, is chosen by the Sunday Times as one of their four debuts of the year.
Polemic is back: Virago publish Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2010); Living Dolls by Natasha Walter (2010) and Vagina by Naomi Wolf (2012) and all sell extremely well.
Katie Ward, author of Girl Reading, is awarded the Clarissa Luard Award by Hilary Mantel.
The Virago editorial team in 2013.