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The Number of the Book: A Guest Post by Greg Bear

Today we’re over the moon to have one of the world’s leading hard SF authors, Greg Bear, guest blogging for Gollancz. KILLING TITAN, book two in his War Dogs trilogy, is out in paperback and Greg is reflecting on the incredible body of work he’s amassed so far… As I put the final touches on […]

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Oli White Generation Next photo booth

This week we’re launching Oli White’s debut novel Generation Next at a secret location in London. We’ve a whole host of people coming who have been part of the book’s journey and to ensure we have a memorable evening, we’ve booked a Magic Mirror by Showtime Photo Booth for guests to enjoy from start to […]

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Unknowability A Guest Post By Paul McAuley

We are thrilled to welcome Paul McAuley back to the Gollancz Blog. In this guest post Paul McAuley answers one of the most important questions of our time: why do we write about aliens? Read on and find out . . . What do we write about when we write about aliens? Of course, we […]

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The Five Things That Make World-Class Science Fiction a Guest Post by Alex Lamb

We are delighted to welcome Alex Lamb back to the Gollancz Blog. Alex’s latest book, Nemesis, the sequel to the hard-hitting and action-packed Roboteer, is out now in bookshops.We asked Alex to tell us the five things that make world-class Science Fiction. Here’s what he had to say  . . . I’ve spent my life […]

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On Writing Nemesis a Guest Post by Alex Lamb

We are delighted to welcome Alex Lamb back to the Gollancz Blog. Alex’s latest book, Nemesis, the sequel to the hard-hitting and action-packed Roboteer, is out now in bookshops. To celebrate the publication of Nemesis we asked Alex to tell us about the process of writing the book and following up the epic Roboteer.  How […]

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Travels with my Aunt: an exclusive author piece from Virginia Baily, author of Early One Morning

Virginia Baily, author of Early One Morning, pays tribute to the woman who inspired her love of Rome. My aunt Paula, who is also my godmother and is only 13 years and 7 months older than me, left to work in Paris when I was seven, moved from there to Rome a few years later, […]

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Shena Mackay – the new addition to the Virago Modern Classics list

Shena Mackay came to fame when she published her first book, written in her teens, with Andre Deutsch. Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumberger/Toddler on the Run was published before she was twenty. Then, in the early 1970s she moved to the country with her husband and three children, and re-emerged as a writer in the 1980s […]

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Marilynne Robinson shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award

We are delighted to announce that Virago author, Marilynne Robinson, has been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, with Lila – published in paperback in 2015.   The International DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The award aims to promote excellence in world […]

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Introducing The Ship: A Guest Post by Antonia Honeywell

We are delighted to welcome Antonia Honeywell to the blog. Antonia Honeywell is the author of The Ship, published by our sister imprint W&N. Antonia Honeywell also took part in the #GollanczFest15 and in this post discusses the festival and her love of SFF.  I’ve never been in with the in crowd. Ever. The trauma […]

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Saving Safa: Rescuing a little girl from FGM

This month we were extremely proud to publish Waris Dirie’s, Saving Safa: Rescuing a little girl from FGM in paperback.   Waris Dirie is an extraordinary woman and important figure in the fight against FGM (female genital mutilation). Waris, a Somali model activist, published her first book Desert Flower in 1999. Desert flower is the meaning of Waris Dirie’s […]

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Can you pass Kenstibec’s Driving Test?

We are delighted to welcome Jon Wallace back to the Gollancz Blog. Jon Wallace’s new books Steeple is out today in paperback and to celebrate we’ve got a special treat.  Join us as we find out what it takes to pass Kenstibec’s driving test  . . . Jon Wallace’s Kenstibec books are twisted, darkly humorous […]

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Ursula K. Le Guin discusses the literary heroine who inspired her

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the incredible Ursula K Le Guin back to the Gollancz Blog to celebrate International Women’s Day as part of our Wonder Women series. We’ve teamed up with our sister websites One Book Lane and W&N to celebrate our literary heroines for #WonderWomen16!  Join us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram […]

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Six Stand-out SciFi Skyscrapers of the Screen

We are delighted to welcome Jon Wallace back to the Gollancz Blog for a special guest post on Stand-out SciFi Skyscrapers of the Screen. Jon Wallace’s new book Steeple is out in paperback on Thursday. The sequel to Barricade, Steeple, comes out in paperback this week. Set in the gloom of a dystopian future Britain, […]

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Love Like Salt – the book that has inspired us to run a half marathon in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Editorial Director, Donna Coonan, shares her thoughts on Helen Stevenson’s poignant memoir, and the reasons that she and Poppy Stimpson, Helen’s publicist, are running a half marathon in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.   It was with a kiss that the author discovered that her baby, Clara, had cystic fibrosis; her daughter’s skin tasted salty, […]

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Stop the Clocks by Joan Bakewell stops the press

Joan Bakewell’s thoughtful, moving and spirited memoir left a lasting effect on us here at Virago.   The extraordinary woman has led a varied, sometimes breathless life: she has been a teacher, copywriter, studio manager, broadcaster, journalist, the government’s Voice of Older People and chair of the theatre company Shared Experience. She has written four […]

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