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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – My Cousin Rachel

With the film starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin scheduled for nationwide release next month, May feels like the perfect time to rediscover Daphne du Maurier’s mysterious, thrilling My Cousin Rachel. The Guardian placed this classic firmly ‘In the same category as Rebecca, but an even more consummate piece of storytelling’ while New York Times Book Review found My […]

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Margaret Atwood in The New Yorker

Bestselling. Award winning. Beloved. Virago is proud to publish the incredible force that is Margaret Atwood. In case you missed it, click here to read this fantastic profile piece in The New Yorker.

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A Q&A with Helen FitzGerald

Bestselling author Helen Fitzgerald shares her top tips for writing crime, as part of our series for the Virago / The Pool New Crime Writer Prize.    What’s your top tip for creating an intriguing character? I have to relate to my main character, so she has to have some similarities to me. This means […]

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A Q&A with Kate Hamer

Author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral, Kate Hamer, speaks to Virago Deputy Publisher Sarah Savitt about her experiences of writing and reading crime fiction.  Both of your novels feature a child’s voice. What makes a young person a particularly interesting narrator for a mystery story? What I’m interested in […]

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The top five things I have learned about crime fiction from working in TV – by Claire Evans

Claire Evans is author of The Fourteenth Letter, a crime novel set in London 1881, that begins withthe scandal of a bride murdered at her engagement party. Read on for the lessons Claire learnt about writing from working on the small screen.     The Middle truly is as important as the beginning and the end….. […]

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Top five things for writers to think about when revising their work by Ruth Tross

Ruth Tross, Senior Editor at Mulholland & Hodder shares five top things to think about when revising your submission for the Virago / The Pool New Crime Writing Prize. Ruth is the editor of one of the prize judges, Erin Kelly. Follow Ruth @ruthtross. Writing: Is the language as clear and correct as it can be? No […]

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A Q&A with Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy OBE, is an award winning Virago author and a playwright, journalist and screenwriter. Here Stella speaks to Virago Deputy Publisher Sarah Savitt about what makes writing crime special, and gives some advice for those entering the Virago / The Pool New Crime Writer Prize.  You have written in an incredible variety of genres and […]

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Six editing exercises for the opening of your novel by Sarah Savitt- Virago / The Pool New Crime Writer Prize

  As well as being Deputy Publisher at Virago and a judge for the Virago / The Pool New Crime Writer Prize, Sarah Savitt has also taught creative writing for Arvon, Faber Academy and Guardian Masterclasses. Sarah’s editing exercises will help you refine the opening of your novel ahead of submitting it.     Take […]

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Agents tell us what they’re looking for in a debut crime submission – The Pool / Virago New Crime Writer award

The first step to getting your novel published is getting an agent. Here, a selection of agents whose clients write crime tell us what they look for in a debut submission.  I don’t know what it is I’m looking for, but in the best crime fiction something finds you. A character intrigues, an atmosphere chills, the […]

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What editors look for in crime submissions – The Pool/ Virago crime writing competition

We asked a selection of crime editors on what they want from a submission, and what they look for when searching for a bestseller. Read on for some pointers for your own entry to the Virago / The Pool crime writing competition.  Lucy Malagoni, Publishing Director, Sphere, @lucymalagoni ‘I think you can’t beat a killer […]

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The Dark Circle – shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

We’re thrilled that Linda Grant’s new novel, The Dark Circle, has been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. The book is out in paperback now, and you can buy it from Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon and independent bookshops. All over Britain life is beginning again now the war is over but for Lenny and […]

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The Violet Hour: Read an Extract

‘Elegant, cool, unforgettable’ (Observer), The Violet Hour is an urgent, unsentimental, insightful look into the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak and James Salter. Intimate and extraordinary, it helps us to be less afraid in the face of death. Read an extract here.   The Violet Hour by Katie […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – The Women’s Room

  The March VMC book club pick was The Women’s Room, by Marilyn French. As a landmark text in feminist literature, it was an appropriate choice for the month which houses International Women’s Day and the Virago #BooksforChange social media challenge. The Women’s Room was first published in 1977, and is a biting social commentary of a […]

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NOW CLOSED Win forty Virago Press books!

*This competition is now closed. Any entries received will not be counted.* To celebrate reaching forty thousand Virago loving followers on Twitter, we’re giving you the chance to win forty, yes forty Virago books. The prize will be a mixture of classics, some of our new and best-loved fiction, memoir, biography, and even an advanced copy of […]

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”

After many requests from readers, in 2017 we’ll be publishing the entire Anne Shirley series by L. M. Montgomery as Virago Modern Classics. The series will have covers illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, who created the much loved covers for the Emily trilogy. Here are the books and covers in order.  L. M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley books in order […]

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