To celebrate the long-standing heritage of Virago Modern Classics and the designers who made the hardback range such a success, in Autumn 2015 we launched three sets of mugs and notebooks based on some of our best loved classics. We’ve now added three new designs to the collection for 2016 – Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop, Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour and Highsmith’s iconic The Talented Mr Ripley.

You can buy the full range at Waterstones, online at The Literary Gift Company, and a selection of UK independent bookshops and retailers. Find the full stockist list at the link below.

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Original designRebecca and Excellent Women feature artwork by award-winning textile designer Neisha Crosland, with Valley of the Dolls clad in a print by founder of Biba, Barbara Hulanicki.

‘We created our beautiful hardback series featuring covers by textile designers in 2008, to celebrate 30 years of the Virago Modern Classics. They have become a collectable, covetable part of the VMC list, with new titles being added every year. Now, for the design enthusiast and book-lover alike, we are launching a stylish range of products that brings together great literature and gorgeous artwork. A must-have for all Virago fans’ – Donna Coonan, Editorial Director, Virago Modern ClassicsALL MUGS AND NOTEBOOKS

Find out the full range of stockists for the Virago Modern Classics Gift Range here.



17 Responses to "The Virago Modern Classics Gift Range"

  1. Martha Constable Posted on 9th December 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I live in the US, and wonder who will be selling the new mugs? I’ve been over to Waterstones UK online, and find no mention of the mugs.

    I’m in desperate need of the “Excellent Women” mug, and so are Barbara Pym’s myriad fans over here. Help!

    Sincerely yours, etc.

    • admin Posted on 15th December 2015 at 11:45 am

      Hi Martha, we won’t be selling the mugs in the US, and at the moment they’re only available in stores in the UK. When we have more stock (as they have been extremely popular!) they should be available to buy online, and Waterstones offer a worldwide shipping service. Watch this space!

  2. carol novis Posted on 10th December 2015 at 11:41 am

    I would like to order the Barbara Pym mug.

  3. Joyce Oldroyd Posted on 12th December 2015 at 11:20 am

    These mugs look terrific and very collectable. I would love to win one! Well done.

  4. Joanna Pope Posted on 12th December 2015 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful stuff!

  5. Kirrilie Schluter Posted on 12th December 2015 at 9:33 pm


  6. Ian McLoughlin Posted on 13th December 2015 at 8:48 am

    What a lovely idea! I particularly love the “Excellent Women” design by Neisha Crossland – then again I am a devoted follower of Barbara Pym’s writing … and drinking tea … how about matching tea plates? 🙂 well done Virago !

  7. Karen Easton Posted on 13th December 2015 at 1:47 pm

    A Virago fan of long standing, and a voracious reader from a very early age, I’m now almost 85, I’m always interested in new Virago publications. Love the new mugs, especially that for Barbara Pym, one of my favourite writers.
    All good wishes for the year to come.

  8. OLGA MARTIN Posted on 13th December 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I really like all of them. Their design are simple but elegant.

  9. Rosie Hamilton Posted on 14th December 2015 at 9:00 am

    Our cup of culture runneth over! Great idea.

  10. Jennifer Hill Posted on 16th December 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Have messaged my daughter visiting London to please duck in to Waterstones and secure a Barbara Pym mug for me! Must have and as I live “down under” I have impressed upon her that this is an emergency. Love them.

  11. Donna Posted on 29th December 2015 at 12:18 am

    Omg I need this Excellent women mug and I am in the USA too.

  12. Laura Isaac Posted on 6th January 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Do you know when the Rebecca mug will be back in stock? Unfortunately it sold out before Santa paid us a visit!

    • admin Posted on 17th February 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Lottie,
      It is back in stock now, and there’s a full range of stockists in this post.

  13. Sandie Stewart Posted on 10th November 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I live in Auckland New Zealand. Does anyone in the Auckland area sell these great mugs

    Sandie Stewart

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