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Celebrating Forty Years of Margaret Atwood

To mark the publication of Margaret Atwood’s new novel, The Testaments and to celebrate forty years of publishing with Virago – her novel Surfacing was one of the first Virago Modern Classics in 1979 – Virago are publishing on August 22 2019, four of her novels as Collector’s Editions. In paperback at £9.99 in stunning new designs with flaps and foil, these four books: Cat’s Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin are some of her greatest novels.

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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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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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From the bestselling author of The Bookseller of Kabul

‘We have decided to travel to Syria and help out down there as best we can . . . please do not be cross with us’   In October 2013 two teenage sisters left Oslo for Syria. Two Sisters is the powerful and gripping true account of a family torn apart, by the author of […]

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I’m With Nadia

  On 9th November, Virago publish The Last Girl, the remarkable and courageous story of twenty-three year old Yazidi woman Nadia Murad who is working with Amal Clooney to challenge the world to fight ISIS on behalf on her people. Nadia’s Initiative is dedicated to helping women and children who have survived genocide, mass atrocities and […]

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How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang coming Spring 2019

Debut novel about Chinese-American sisters in the American West, during the Gold Rush, pre-empted by Virago Press ‘I was left stunned by this book. It’s not just a new Western; it’s an entirely fresh narrative about American immigration.’   Senior Commissioning Editor Ailah Ahmed secured UK&C rights in How Much of These Hills is Gold […]

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Tipping the Velvet 20th Anniversary Edition

‘What fun it was to write! That’s what I remember most about it: the fun, the fizz, the exhilaration of putting it together, page by page. I owe Tipping the Velvet a great deal… It made an author of me, leaving me with a hunger to write again, and write better’  – Sarah Waters We […]

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Virago to publish The Last Girl

  ‘Telling my story of first, surviving genocide and then, as a captive of ISIS is not easy, but people must know.’ Nadia Murad is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations. She is also a courageous young Yazidi woman […]

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Lara Thompson on winning the first Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award

  Lara Thompson talks Vietnamese food, secret writing and how it felt to win the first ‘Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award’.   I was in my favourite Vietnamese restaurant, alone, with a spring roll poised between my lips and the plate, when I found out I’d won. Most of the day until that point […]

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The Glass Castle – in cinemas October 6th

  The adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ New York Times bestseller, The Glass Castle, will be in cinemas on October 6th. Starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson, it is a startling adaptation of the heartbreaking story of a successful journalist’s journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique […]

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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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“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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The Virago Halloween reading list 👻

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve? Here are just a few suggestions in our Halloween reading list.   Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier With one of the most famous first lines in literature, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has all of the elements that make for a chilling tale, […]

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Fifty Shades . . . of Feminism

Everyone’s talking about Fifty Shades again this week.* We can only assume they’re celebrating our recent paperback release of Fifty Shades of Feminism, the seminal, eye-opening, downright essential collection of short takes on feminism today! Is being a woman all about submitting to desire?  There are many more shades than that . . . and here are fifty […]

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