Stella Duffy is an author, playwright, actor and theatre director. She has written many novels, the most recent of which are Theodora and The Purple Shroud.
Sarah Dunant is the internationally bestselling writer of many books, including her Italian historical novels, the most recent of which is Blood & Beauty.
Kate Figes is the author of two novels and five works of nonfiction including Couples: How We Make Love Last and her most recent, Our Cheating Hearts: Love and Loyalty, Lust and Lies.
Victoria Glendinning is a biographer, broadcaster, critic and novelist. Her first book, now republished by Virago, was A Suppressed Cry: The Short Life of a Victorian Daughter, which is a biography of her great-aunt.
Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of six biographies, including The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot; Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Life; Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft; and Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds. In 2014 Virago published the memoir of her own life, Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother…
Linda Grant is author of five non-fiction books and seven novels. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000 and the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage in 2006. The Clothes on Their Backs was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and went on to win the South Bank Show Award. The…
Yasmin Hai is a current affairs journalist and documentary producer/director. She is the author of The Making of Mr Hai’s Daughter: Becoming British.
Lauren Liebenberg grew up in Rhodesia during the civil war. Her first novel, The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers 2008. She is the author of a second novel, The West Rand Jive Cats Boxing Club.
Anna May Mangan has been shortlisted for several short fiction awards, including the RTÉ Radio/Frank MacManus Short Story Competition and is the author of Me and Mine, a memoir.
Paula McLain is a poet, memoirist and novelist. Her most recent novel, The Paris Wife, an international bestseller, was published in 2011.