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Looking forward to 2019

  Writing this on the day that drones have shut down Gatwick airport and the cabinet is melting down even further over Brexit, it’s tempting to bury one’s head in the sand about what 2019 might bring… However books have always been a source of solace – not to mention inspiration, entertainment and enlightenment – […]

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Virago by Numbers

  What a year 2018 has been! We’ve had so much to celebrate, from anniversaries to awards, here are a few highlights: . 45 Years of Virago . 40 Years of Virago Modern Classics . 74 Books published . 80 Years of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca . 100 Years of Muriel Spark . 85 years since Testament of […]

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Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Looking for last-minute Christmas presents? Look no further, the Virago Team have selected some of our favourite reads from 2018.   A book I definitely want to give to A LOT of different people this year is The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White. It’s hilarious, eye-opening, but most of all, really inclusive and welcoming! I have some […]

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Virago to Publish High School, a memoir by Tegan and Sara

Virago is thrilled to announce the acquisition of High School, a memoir by award-winning musicians Tegan and Sara, to be published in the fall of 2019 alongside Simon & Schuster in Canada and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US.   Credit Pamela Littky Sarah Savitt, Virago Publisher, acquired UK & Commonwealth rights at auction from […]

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Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith | VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This December our #VMC40 book of the month is Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith Deep Water By […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith

Virago Modern Classics Book Club, December 2018 Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith   This December we are reading the chilling Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith.     ‘If I really don’t like somebody, I kill him . . . You remember Malcolm McRae, don’t you?’ Melinda Van Allen is beautiful, headstrong and sexy. Unfortunately for Vic […]

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The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West | VMC40

  As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This November, in honour of the 100th anniversary of armistice our #VMC40 book of the month […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West

Virago Modern Classics Book Club, November 2018 The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West   This November in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice we are reading The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West. The soldier returns from the front to the three women who love him. His wife, Kitty, with her […]

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Little Women Get A Makeover

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ‘I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship’   Little Women is 150 years old, yet it remains as relevant and inspiring as ever. Every generation takes something new from the novel, reading it in the context of its time, and every […]

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Faces in the Water by Janet Frame | VMC40

  As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This October our #VMC40 book of the month is Faces in the Water by Janet Frame Faces in […]

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Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Illustration by Niklas Elmehed | © Nobel Media AB 2018   Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

Virago Modern Classics Book Club, October 2018 Faces in the Water by Janet Frame   This October we are reading Janet Frame’s powerful and deeply moving portrayal of madness: Faces in the Water.     When Janet Frame’s doctor suggested that she write about her traumatic experiences in mental institutions in order to free herself […]

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An Activist’s Reading List from Virago Press

An Activist’s Reading List By Ailah Ahmed, Editorial Director, @ailahahmed   Virago Press publishes a range of titles from historical fiction to nature writing, but it has always published a list of vital and vocal books about feminism and activism. While preparing to publish Can We All Be Feminists?  Seventeen Writers on Intersectionality, Identity and […]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston | VMC40

  As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a favourite title from the #VMC40 series. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This September our #VMC40 book of the month is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston […]

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Win Two Tickets to the Frida Kahlo Exhibition at the V&A

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED   Making Her Self Up: Frida Kahlo   In celebration of the release of You are Always With Me: Letters to Mama we are giving you the chance to win two tickets to the V&A exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.   We have a pair of tickets and a […]

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