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Read and Extract from The Virago Book of Witches

Preface The witch: resilient, edgy, awe-inspiring and potent. She never disappears from our culture for long. Iconic celebrities such as Björk and Ariana Grande have claimed an association with Wicca. Witches strut the catwalk with wide-brimmed hats, wearing sultry expressions and dark, strangely haunting tatters or dressed in startling ball-gowns heightening their shadowy mystery. Photographers […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Corregidora by Gayl Jones

    Virago Modern Classics Book Club October 2019 Corregidora by Gayl Jones This October, our Book of the Month is Corregidora by Gayl Jones. Upon publication in 1975, Corregidora was hailed as a masterpiece, winning acclaim from writers including James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and John Updike. Exploring themes such as race, sexuality and the long repercussions […]

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Challenge the Canon

  Ten books to add to your reading list this Black History Month   Beloved by Toni Morrison Beloved is a 1987 novel by the American writer Toni Morrison. Set after the American Civil War (1861–65), it is inspired by the story of an African-American slave, Margaret Garner, who escaped slavery in Kentucky late January 1856 by fleeing to Ohio, a free state. Morrison had come across […]

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English Heritage commemorates Virago author Angela Carter

    English Heritage has commemorated the legacy of award winning novelist Angela Carter with a blue plaque at her former home in Clapham.   It was at this house, 107, The Chase, that Carter spent the last sixteen years of her life. She often tutored her then student, Kazuo Ishiguro, at the kitchen table […]

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Read and Extract from Tegan and Sara’s Memoir

  High School is Tegan and Sara’s first memoir, chronicling their teenage years during the height of grunge and rave culture in the 1990s in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The memoir is a bravely honest account of twin sisters growing up down the hall from one another, struggling to figure out their identities, their sexuality, and […]

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Pass the Story

  Discover a lost masterpiece Gayl Jones was only 26 when Corregidora was published in 1975. Toni Morrison was her editor, before she began her own writing career, and this influential, searing novel was hailed as a masterpiece by writers such as James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and John Updike. Corregidora spurred a new wave in […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Wedding by Dorothy West

  Virago Modern Classics Book Club September 2019 The Wedding by Dorothy West   This September we are celebrating the reissue of Dorothy West’s classic novel, The Wedding.    In her last novel, Dorothy West, an iconic member of the Harlem Renaissance, offers an intimate glimpse into African American middle class. With elegant, luminous prose, Dorothy […]

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Q&A with Sigrid Nunez

SIGRID NUNEZ ON THE LAST OF HER KIND   Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend chatted to us about reissuing her novel The Last of Her Kind, a haunting and provocative novel about female friendship, 1960s counterculture, race, class, politics, idealism, violence and protest.   Q: Some readers might think The Last of Her Kind follows a […]

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Virago Speakeasy at Pages Cheshire St: On Witches

  Where: Pages Cheshire St Bookshop, Shoreditch   When: 7-9pm Wednesday 30th October 2019   How much: £5 including a drink   Who: Shahrukh Husain, author of The Virago Book of Witches and Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock   What: A dynamic, challenging and interactive forum discussing the place of […]

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Sandi Toksvig On Tour

Join us as we celebrate the release of Sandi Toksvig’s memoir, Between the Stops. To mark the release of Between the Stops, Sandi Toksvig will be hosting four very special events. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment:   LONDON Sandi Toksvig in conversation in association with Fane Productions Thursday 31st October, 7.30pm Bloomsbury Theatre, […]

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Nobody’s Victim Extract

INTRODUCTION   My name is Carrie Goldberg and I’m a victims’ rights lawyer. Some people call me a “passionate advocate” or a “social justice warrior.” I’d rather be called a ruthless motherfucker. I operate my firm, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, with one fundamental rule: if one of my clients has been harmed, somebody must pay. It’s […]

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Dorothy West

Discover Dorothy West   This August we published Dorothy West’s The Wedding and The Richer, The Poorer, with a wonderful new introduction by Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People.   ‘A writer of huge compassion and acute observation, and also of dazzling style . . . Her work is more relevant than ever’ Diana Evans […]

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Equal by Carrie Gracie

  A Campaign for Equal Pay   We are delighted to share the cover for for Equal by Carrie Gracie, an inspiring book about how we can fight for equal pay and other kinds of equality in the workplace.   Carrie Gracie grew up in north east Scotland and set up a restaurant before completing […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor

  Virago Modern Classics Book Club August 2019 The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor Our book of the month this August is The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor.   Elizabeth Taylor was an English novelist and short-story writer, whom Antonia Fraser called ‘one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century’. The Sleeping Beauty, her sixth […]

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My Needle Points to North

  My Needle Points to North by Una   Today, August 1st, is Yorkshire Day apparently. This was news to me. As far as I’m concerned, every day is Yorkshire Day. From my research (OK, I went on the internet a bit) it seems official Yorkshire Day is mainly mayors. No, really, tons of mayors! […]

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