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Five Unsung Heroines by Sonia Purnell

  Clementine Churchill ‘The history of Winston Churchill, and the history of the world, would have been very different without Clementine Churchill,’ declared Churchill’s chief-of-staff, General Ismay Hastings, after the war. That sums up this shy but formidable woman’s contribution to victory against fascism in 1945 and yet she has largely remained in the shadow […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor

  Virago Modern Classics Book Club March 2019 A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor   This March our Virago Modern Classics Book Club read is Elizabeth Taylor’s spectacular novel; A View of the Harbour. An unforgettable picture of love, loss and the keeping up of appearances.      In the faded coastal village […]

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The Weather in the Streets | 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 February our #VMC40 book of the month is The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond […]

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Where are all the blue plaques celebrating women?

London, England – January 19, 2011: Portobello Road, Notting Hill. A man walking in front of George Orwell House. The blue plaque on the top says: “George Orwell 1903 – 1950 novelist and a political essayist lived here”.   Blue plaques are found right across Greater London, showing us where important people in history have […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehman

  Virago Modern Classics Book Club February 2019 The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann   This February we are reading Rosamond Lehmann’s The Weather in the Streets. A novel of searing honesty and a passionate portrayal of forbidden love.     A chance encounter with the man who enchanted her as a teenager leads Olivia Curtis into to […]

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A Complete List of Atwood Fiction

    As the first month of 2019 draws to a close, the spotlight remains firmly on Margaret Atwood. We wait with bated breath for the release in September of The Testaments, The Handmaid’s Tale sequel and are delighted that she was inducted into the Order of the Companions of Honour as part of the New Year’s […]

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Read an Extract | The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Praised by The Wall Street Journal as ‘a beautiful book . . . crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love,’ and by Marie Claire as ‘ a poignant reflection on loss and companionship,’ The Friend is a stunning meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

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Fire from Heaven | 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 January our #VMC40 book of the month is Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault Fire from Heaven By Mary Renault Fire from […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault

Virago Modern Classics Book Club January 2019 Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault   A new year and a new collection of Virago Modern Classics for your reading pleasure. We are kicking off our 2019 Virago Modern Classics Book Club with Mary Renault’s classic: Fire From Heaven. In the first novel of her stunning trilogy, Mary Renault […]

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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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