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Books Beyond Borders

In light of recent events, we’re celebrating cultures outside of the UK that contribute to our diverse range of front list and Virago Modern Classic titles.   In Diamond Square, first published in 1962, is relatively unknown out of Spain, yet it is the most acclaimed Catalan novel of all time. Set in Barcelona during […]

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Our summer reading recommendations

Find out what the Virago team has been reading so far this year, and which books we are planning on packing in our suitcases this summer. I’ve been captivated by Susan Fletcher’s novel, Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric and moving read, filled with gorgeous descriptions of Provence in the south […]

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Lennie Goodings on Valley of the Dolls at fifty

Virago publisher, Lennie Goodings, shares her first experience of reading Jacqueline Susann’s multi-million best-selling book, Valley of the Dolls. I was 14 years old; a small-town, naïve Canadian girl. One of my friend’s parents had filled their small backyard with a new swimming pool and she invited a few of us over. We walked through […]

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Why you need to read the punchy, bold and urgent I Call Myself a Feminist

At the beginning of June, we published I Call Myself a Feminist in paperback. Punchy, bold and urgent, here’s why you need to read it:   ‘Full of spirit, candour and good sense . . . provocative in all kinds of ways’ Telegraph      ‘It’s a real joy to see young women taking up feminism in […]

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Incredible reviews for Love Like Salt

In March we published Love Like Salt, a beautifully lyrical, moving memoir by Helen Stevenson.   When she discovered that her baby daughter had cystic fibrosis, one of the most common incurable inherited diseases, Helen Stevenson stopped writing, feeling she needed every ounce of her strength to protect her child: ‘Some of it I did […]

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Thirteen Daphne du Maurier facts for Friday 13th

Friday 13th May, marks the 109th anniversary of the birth of Daphne du Maurier, one of the best-loved authors of the twentieth century. Here, we’ve compiled 13 facts about the author and her work. 1.A truly great novel grabs you from the very first sentence, and Rebecca features one of the most famous first lines in literature: […]

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Brand new Daphne du Maurier editions as Virago Modern Classics

One of the best loved authors on the Virago Modern Classics list, Daphne du Maurier needs no introduction. This May, we’re adding three beautiful new paperback editions of her books to our collection, with more to come in July and October. If you know du Maurier from Rebecca, these new editions are the perfect way to […]

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When War Came to Barsetshire – the latest in Angela Thirkell’s beloved series

This month, we publish the next of the Virago Modern Classic editions of Angela Thirkell’s best loved Barsetshire series. Here, lecturer and literary historian Kate Macdonald explains the context and enduring appeal of Thirkell’s comic fiction.  During the Second World War Angela Thirkell was a best-seller, publishing a novel every year for most of her career. This […]

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Frances Weetman wins the inaugural Virago/New Statesman Women’s Prize for Politics and Economics

The Virago/New Statesman Award for a new woman economic and political writer has been won by Frances Weetman.  A graduate of Durham University, from Newcastle, Frances Weetman was the unanimous choice of the four judges. With Frances Weetman the judges felt that they had found a new writer on economics who shows originality and rigorous […]

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Travels with my Aunt: an exclusive author piece from Virginia Baily, author of Early One Morning

Virginia Baily, author of Early One Morning, pays tribute to the woman who inspired her love of Rome. My aunt Paula, who is also my godmother and is only 13 years and 7 months older than me, left to work in Paris when I was seven, moved from there to Rome a few years later, […]

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Shena Mackay – the new addition to the Virago Modern Classics list

Shena Mackay came to fame when she published her first book, written in her teens, with Andre Deutsch. Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumberger/Toddler on the Run was published before she was twenty. Then, in the early 1970s she moved to the country with her husband and three children, and re-emerged as a writer in the 1980s […]

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Marilynne Robinson shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award

We are delighted to announce that Virago author, Marilynne Robinson, has been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, with Lila – published in paperback in 2015.   The International DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The award aims to promote excellence in world […]

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Read a short story from An Unrestored Woman, the stunning new collection of short stories from Shobha Rao

Author’s Note In August 1947, the decline of the British Empire on the Indian subcontinent led to the formation of two new sovereign states: India and Pakistan. The event, commonly known as Partition, led to the establishment of Pakistan as an Islamic republic with a majority Muslim population, while India emerged as a secular state […]

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Saving Safa: Rescuing a little girl from FGM

This month we were extremely proud to publish Waris Dirie’s, Saving Safa: Rescuing a little girl from FGM in paperback.   Waris Dirie is an extraordinary woman and important figure in the fight against FGM (female genital mutilation). Waris, a Somali model activist, published her first book Desert Flower in 1999. Desert flower is the meaning of Waris Dirie’s […]

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The Heart Goes Last paperback cover reveal

Virago has been proud to publish the inimitable Margaret Atwood since 1979, and so we are thrilled to reveal the cover for her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last, out in paperback on 4th August 2016. Sinister and wickedly funny, in The Heart Goes Last Atwood tells the story of a near-future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless […]

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