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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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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Virago Modern Classics Book Club, September 2018 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston   This September we are reading Zora Neale Hurston’s classic: Their Eyes Were Watching God,  perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.     She was stretched on her […]

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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy | #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 August our #VMC40 book of the month is The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. The Dud […]

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Read an Extract | The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon Out in Hardback September 2018. Ebook now available.  Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

Virago Modern Classics Book Club, August 2018 The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy   This August we are off to Paris with Sally Jay Gorce.   Sally is a woman on a mission. It’s the 1950s, she’s young, and she’s in Paris. Having dyed her hair pink, she wears evening dresses in the daytime and vows […]

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Read an Extract | House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher   June 1914 and a young woman – Clara Waterfield – is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire. Her task: to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens, to create a private paradise for the owner of Shadowbrook. Yet, on arrival, Clara hears rumours: something […]

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Daphne du Maurier at Somerset House

    DAPHNE DU MAURIER AT SOMERSET HOUSE​   Rebecca’s 80th birthday celebrations continue: Somerset House are showing Hitchcock’s adaptation as part of their Film Four Summer Screen season. Is there a more perfect summer evening for fans of Hitchcock and du Maurier? We can’t think of one.   ‘Last night I dreamt I went […]

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The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter | #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 July our #VMC40 book of the month is The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. The Magic Toyshop […]

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Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad with this Riveting Memoir

In her powerful memoir,  I Was Told To Come Alone, Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet takes readers on a remarkable journey beyond the ominous headlines about terrorism, putting a human face on it. As a Muslim woman who was born and educated in Germany, Mekhennet has had to balance both sides of her upbringing—Muslim and Western. This background has given her […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

  Book of the Month: The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter Our Book of the month this July is Angela Carter’s brilliant The Magic Toyshop. One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother’s wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the home of her childhood, she is sent to live […]

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Totes for Change | #VMC40

  Totes for Change As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations we teamed-up with bag for life producers WBC to create a limited edition #VMC40 tote bag. We opted to work with WBC to create these bags because of their dedication to empowering women and commitment to ethical production: all of WBC’s […]

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