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Virago Pride

Virago Pride: Celebrating Forty-Five Years of LGBTQ+ Publishing Virago has a long history of standing at the forefront of issues about gender, identity and sexuality.We’ve been watching (and taking part in) Pride celebrations with unguarded joy throughout June. As our own token to these celebrations we are here to share a snapshot of some of our […]

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Happy 45th Birthday, Virago!

Happy 45th birthday, Virago!   Forty five years ago, on 21 June, 1973, Virago held its first board meeting, with directors Carmen Callil, Rosie Boycott and Marsha Rowe. Virago was founded as a feminist publishing company, with the aim of championing women’s writing for the widest possible audience and I’m proud to say we are still […]

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The Little Stranger Film Announcement

  THE LITTLE STRANGER FILM ADAPTATION We are delighted to announce the release of a film adaptation of Sarah Waters’ chilling thriller: The Little Stranger. The film will be released in the UK this autumn, plenty of time to re-read the book! Plus, we will be releasing a film tie-in edition of the book: watch this […]

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Heartburn by Nora Ephron | #VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a title from the #VMC40 series to champion. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it. This June our #VMC40 book of the month is Heartburn by Nora Ephron. Heartburn By Nora Ephron   […]

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Radical Help – Hilary Cottam

  Radical Help: How we can remake the relationships between us and revolutionise the welfare state – Hilary Cottam Buy now: Amazon | Waterstones | Foyles | Wordery   How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential? This […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Heartburn by Nora Ephron

  Book of the Month: Heartburn by Nora Ephron This June our book of the month is Heartburn by Nora Ephron: a whip-smart comedy about love, loss and food.     Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel discovers that her husband is in love with another woman. The fact that this woman has a ‘neck as […]

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Virago to publish R. O. Kwon’s gripping debut, The Incendiaries

  On 6th September 2018, Virago publish The Incendiaries, a powerful, darkly glittering debut novel about violence, love, faith, and loss by R. O. Kwon, in hardback. The ebook edition will be available early in July so add it to your summer reading wish list and watch this space for early proofs, extracts and more. To read […]

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Margaret Atwood fever returns with The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2

After months of anticipation – plus an extra agonising month on top of what our friends in the US and Australia had to wait – The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 returns to our screens on Sunday 20th May. Margaret Atwood’s novels make for the most incredible adaptations – Alias Grace aired on Netflix at the end of […]

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Frost In May by Antonia White | #VMC40

As part of our Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary celebrations, the Virago team have each chosen a title from the #VMC40 series to champion. Each month, we will introduce the book and share with you why we love it.  It is only fitting to begin with Virago founder, Carmen Callil, on the book that inspired […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Frost in May by Antonia White

Book of the Month: Frost in May by Antonia White This May our book of the month is Antonia White’s Frost in May, the first Virago Modern Classic ever published, in 1978. Nanda Gray, the daughter of a Catholic convert, is nine when she is sent to the Convent of Five Wounds. Quick-witted, resilient and eager […]

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Read the Introduction from Writers as Readers

  Writers as Readers: A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics Introduction: Forty years ago, the Virago Modern Classics list was created by Carmen Callil, and it’s not an overstatement to say that it changed literary history. Launching with Antonia White’s elegant, devastating autobiographical novel, Frost in May, the list’s aim was, and is, to celebrate […]

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The Seventh Cross – A classic novel ripe for rediscovery

  First published in 1942, The Seventh Cross will be released for the first time in the UK on 7th June.  Like Alone in Berlin and Suite Française, The Seventh Cross is a powerful, defiant and gripping novel, written and set when the Nazis were in power. Here the editor, Donna Coonan, introduces this incredible classic, […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Crewe Train by Rose Macaulay

Book of the Month: Crewe Train by Rose Macaulay This April our book of the month is Rose Macaulay’s brilliant Crewe Train.  Denham Dobie has been brought up in Andorra by her father, a retired clergyman. On his death, she is snatched from this reclusive life and thrown into the social whirl of London by her sophisticated relatives. […]

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The Little Book of Feminist Saints Q&A

  The Little Book of Feminist Saints is an inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection which honours one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world. In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant and surprising biographies with stunning full-colour portraits of secular female ‘saints’: champions […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Book of the Month: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier This March we are reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of its publication. ‘One of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, Rebecca has woven its way into the fabric of our culture with all the troubling power of myth or […]

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