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Read and Extract from Tegan and Sara’s Memoir

  High School is Tegan and Sara’s first memoir, chronicling their teenage years during the height of grunge and rave culture in the 1990s in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The memoir is a bravely honest account of twin sisters growing up down the hall from one another, struggling to figure out their identities, their sexuality, and […]

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First Look: Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

Virago is delighted to reveal the jacket for Sandi Tokvig’s wonderful memoir, Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus which they publish on October 31st. Says Sandi Toksvig, who will also record the audio book: ‘I loved what I saw from the top deck (preferably in the right-hand seat at the front). It taught me to look again at the familiar and find new pleasures. This book is not a journey […]

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Between the Stops with Sandi Toksvig

Virago are delighted to announce Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus by the inimitable Sandi Toksvig, which is to be published on October 31, 2019. Writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for nearly forty years, presenter of QI and Great British Bake-Off star, Sandi Toksvig is one of Britain’s best-loved characters.  She says ‘Between the […]

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Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

  We are delighted to share the beautiful cover for Jessica J. Lee’s new book, Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration and Taiwan.   Part-nature writing, part-biography and beautifully written, Two Trees Make a Forest traces the natural and human stories that shaped an island and a family. Jessica is the author of Turning: Lessons […]

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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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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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Read an extract from Darling Days

Her Chapter 1 Babygirl’s Gun  13 Third Avenue, New York City, 1982   She said he gave her the little gun because it was classy and elegant, like her. A feminine twist of metal and pearl. Lethal, like her. She kept it under her pillow “just in case.” Her bed was, is, and always will […]

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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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Watch Carrie Brownstein at Rough Trade – and start reading Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

We’re enormously excited to announce that Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl – Carrie Brownstein’s candid, funny, deeply personal memoir of making a life in music – has been chosen as Rough Trade‘s BOOK OF THE YEAR! They say: ‘With prose as deft and clear as her stellar guitar work, Carrie Brownstein’s book is yet […]

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