Emma Watson loves Virago!
In January this year Emma Watson launched her feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, inspired by her own exploration of brilliant literature about women and equality. As she wrote at the time, ‘there is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt […]Read More
The Virago Halloween reading list 👻
Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve? Here are just a few suggestions in our Halloween reading list. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier With one of the most famous first lines in literature, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has all of the elements that make for a chilling tale, […]Read More
The Virago Story: A BBC Documentary
We are so delighted and proud to share the news that Virago will be the subject of an hour-long documentary which airs on BBC Four on Monday 31 October, 10 – 11pm. Read the BBC’s announcement here and below – and don’t forget to tune in on Monday 31! Virago: Changing the World One […]Read More
And the winner is . . . The Running Ones, by Sophie Mackintosh.
Inspired by our re-issue of four Daphne du Maurier collections this month, earlier this year we teamed up with Stylist Magazine and asked your for your chilling short stories. The entries poured in – covering everything from magical realism to mental illness – and having whittled down almost 500 entries to a shortlist of 10, our judges have finally selected a winner. […]Read More
The Virago Modern Classics Gift Range
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 […]Read More
Moonlight, white satin, roses. A bride.
In this exclusive piece, Angela Carter biographer and academic Edmund Gordon explains what it is that makes The Magic Toyshop truly magical to him. The Magic Toyshop is Angela Carter’s second novel, but the first to feature the heady surrealism that flavours all her greatest work. Zinging with lovely sentences and rich, uncanny images, it […]Read More
Margaret Atwood Competition: Win signed prizes and tickets to an exclusive event
Atwood fans, assemble! This year, Margaret Atwood has been awarded the highly prestigious PEN Pinter Prize – awarded annually to to a writer who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Literature Prize speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world’ and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination…to define the real truth of our lives and […]Read More
The Birds at The Bluestocking Club this month
Daphne du Maurier’s The Birds was adapted for stage in 1963 by ‘master of suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock – his third Daphne du Maurier inspired film. This month we’re teaming up with The Bluestocking Club to celebrate the iconic book and film, with a special Halloween screening at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on 30th October. As […]Read More
Fifty Shades . . . of Feminism
Everyone’s talking about Fifty Shades again this week.* We can only assume they’re celebrating our recent paperback release of Fifty Shades of Feminism, the seminal, eye-opening, downright essential collection of short takes on feminism today! Is being a woman all about submitting to desire? There are many more shades than that . . . and here are fifty […]Read More
Read an extract from Darling Days
Her Chapter 1 Babygirl’s Gun 13 Third Avenue, New York City, 1982 She said he gave her the little gun because it was classy and elegant, like her. A feminine twist of metal and pearl. Lethal, like her. She kept it under her pillow “just in case.” Her bed was, is, and always will […]Read More
Start reading . . . Strangers on a Train
Read an extract from Patricia Highsmith’s iconic crime novel, Strangers on a Train. The train tore along with an angry, irregular rhythm. It was having to stop at smaller and more frequent stations, where it would wait impatiently for a moment, then attack the prairie again. But progress was imperceptible. The prairie only undulated, like […]Read More
For green fingered Viragos . . .
The virtues of getting your hands dirty and growing something for yourself have long been extolled, but many of us just don’t know where to start. First published in 1995, The Virago Book of Women Gardeners is reissued this month in hardback. Including gardening tips, inspiring ideas, and bold visions from writers including Stevie Smith, Edith Wharton and […]Read More
Enter the Stylist and Virago short story competition
This competition is now closed. Read the winning story here. In October, we publish four of Daphne du Maurier’s short story collections in brand new Virago Modern Classic jackets, so to celebrate the queen of the gothic short story, we were very excited to announce a brand new short story competition with Stylist magazine. Visit the Stylist […]Read More
Our favourite Margaret Atwood books
To celebrate the publication of The Heart Goes Last in paperback, we asked the Virago team to tell us about some of their other favourite Margaret Atwood books… About The Heart Goes Last: Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their […]Read More
Margaret Atwood introduces The Heart Goes Last
Margaret Atwood has been with Virago for nearly forty years and in that time we’ve published over thirty of her amazing books. Welcome to the outrageous imagination of one of the greatest writers in the English language who hasn’t stopped surprising us yet! Lennie Goodings – Publisher, ViragoRead More