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Which Virago is your mother?

If you’re stumped for a Mother’s Day gift, and your Mum’s a lover of literature, here’s a few suggestions from the Virago Modern Classics gift range . . . If she is radical, adventurous, independent and injects a touch of magic into everything she does, she is Angela Carter. The Magic Toyshop mug and notepad. […]

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Win dinner for two at Ponti’s Italian with In the Name of the Family

To celebrate publication of In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant, we’ve teamed up with Ponti’s Italian Kitchen to offer one Virago reader the chance to win dinner at their restaurant in London or Sheffield. The prize includes dinner for the reader and a guest, a bottle of Ponti’s homemade limoncello and a signed hardback […]

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Now Closed: Win a Virago mug and £25 The Literary Gift Company voucher for the excellent woman in your life this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day (UK: Sunday 26th March 2017), we’re giving you the chance to win a mug and notebook set of your choosing from the Virago Modern Classic Gift range and a £25 voucher from The Literary Gift Company. To enter, simply share a photo of your favourite Virago book and brew on Twitter or […]

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Our favourite Anne Shirley quotes

Anne Shirley has been a best friend, feminist heroine and literary life coach for women worldwide, including many of us in the Virago team. Virago Modern Classics are so proud to publish beautiful new editions of Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island on 2 March, with the rest of […]

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The Virago Modern Classic book club.

With the film starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin scheduled for nationwide release next month, May feels like the perfect time to rediscover Daphne du Maurier’s mysterious, thrilling My Cousin Rachel. The Guardian placed this classic firmly ‘In the same category as Rebecca, but an even more consummate piece of storytelling’ while New York Times Book Review found My […]

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Share your #BooksforChange with Virago this March

This March, we are running a month-long social media campaign, which we’re calling #BooksforChange. Inspired by the official hashtag for International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange, we’re going to spend the whole month sharing inspiring books by women, and we want you to get involved. Every day throughout March, we’ll share a Virago book representing the […]

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Enter the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer award

  Sarah Savitt, Deputy Publisher at Virago, and Sam Baker, Co-Founder and CEO of The Pool, are thrilled to announce the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award, a competition to find a superlative new female crime writer for Virago – and we want your entries! With the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award we want […]

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Molly Keane: A Life Launch Parties

To launch Molly Keane: A Life, Virago, Sally Phipps and Virginia Brownlow organised two launch parties to celebrate – one at The Grainstore, Ballymaloe in Ireland on the 2nd February and one at Daunt Books, Marylebone in London on the 25th January.  

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Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt

  Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt If I said I was a musician to a taxi driver I know they’d glance in the mirror and say: ‘Classical?’ I’d prefer it if they guessed I was a confident, smokey-eyed jazz singer, but they’re too good at judging people by the way they move, […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – Deep Water

  February’s selection was Deep Water, by the ‘original, gloriously twisted Queen of suspense’ Patricia Highsmith. The novel was first published in 1957, and counts Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn among it’s many fans. The Virago Modern Classic edition includes material from Flynn, taken from her Wall Street Journal interview on the influence that Highsmith has […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – Good Behaviour

The first pick in the Virago Modern Classic book club was Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour.   Set in Molly’s native Ireland, the novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1981 (the year that Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie was awarded the honour).  Good Behaviour has many fans – Hilary Mantel, Molly Keane and Maggie […]

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My Top 5 travel pieces by Lesley Blanch

  A Londoner by birth, Lesley Blanch spent the greater part of her life travelling about those remote areas her books record so vividly. She left England in 1946, never to return except as a visitor, and travelled across war-torn Europe to join her diplomat-novelist husband, Romain Gary, in Bulgaria. She died in the South […]

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Virago’s non-fiction picks for 2017

This year we are publishing a selection of incredible writers, including Souad Mehennet, Carina Chocano and 23 year old Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad. Read on to find out about more about the non-fiction we’re looking forward to sharing with you in 2017.  Lennie Goodings, Publisher `Marvellous’ says Diana Athill about this wonderful biography of Molly Keane […]

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Molly Keane: A Life extract

    Molly Keane: A Life, written by one of her two daughters, is the first insight into the life of a fascinating and complicated woman, who was a brilliant writer whose books were a portrait of the Anglo-Irish world of the first half of the twentieth century. Molly Keane’s  novels, such as Good Behaviour, reflect this […]

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The year in Virago podcasts – from Joan Aiken to Margaret Atwood

This year we started the Virago podcast, inviting some of our brilliant authors and friends of Virago to come in and read to us, debate with us, and discuss everything from feminism to erotic teddy bears (have a listen to Margaret Atwood’s interview for that one). Thanks to all the brilliant guests we’ve had this […]

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