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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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Shout and be Shrill with Lindy West’s brilliant memoir

Seeing as it’s Feel Good week over here at Bookends, we thought we’d re-introduce you to one of our favourite memoirs of the year, from one of our favourite women. In her brilliant, bold book SHRILL, writer and social commentator Lindy West tackles everything from periods to fat shaming to internet trolls – and she […]

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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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