Virago was set up in 1973 by Carmen Callil to promote new books and neglected classics by women writers, and has gone on to become one of the most admired imprints in British publishing. We have undertaken the tricky task of picking out some of our fiction and non-fiction favourites from their illustrious roll-call of authors to give you a taste.
Now in paperback from the internationally bestselling author Naomi Wolf - a stirring portrait of her father and his unconventional wisdom on how to live, love, and see the world...
Barbara Pym; Mavis Cheek
A charming and funny tale of parish life by an author whose many fans include Philip Larkin, Alexander McCall Smith and Jilly Cooper.
The autobiographical novel by Nora Ephron, Oscar-nominated screenwriter (When Harry Met Sally) and successful director (Sleepless in Seattle), is a bittersweet book about love and loss.
Daphne Du Maurier; Sally Beauman
Philip Ashley is orphaned at an early age and raised by his bachelor uncle Ambrose, who falls in love and marries while travelling in Italy and dies there in suspicious...
Nine darkly inventive tales from one of Britain's most original and imaginative writers.
From the author of "Bookseller of Kabul","101 Days" is an account of the Iraq war.
Muriel Spark; Mark Lawson
This extremely clever novel sees life imitating art and art imitating life.
The remarkable life story of Christine Granville - Churchill's 'favourite spy' and one of the most successful women agents of the Second World War
Inspirational, dramatic and extraordinary - the autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 5, sold in marriage at 13, who became an American model and is now at the young...
*The deeply moving memoir of the Slovo family which also encompasses much of the story of the Apartheid years.
Marguerite Van Geldermalsen
' The donkey tied to the tent peg had a hard-on which was difficult to ignore. 'Hamar mabsoot,' my new brother-in-law Ibraheem said cautiously and as I realised I recognised...
Janet Frame; Hilary Mantel
'One of the most impressive accounts of madness to be found in literature ... A masterpiece' Anita Brookner
an early work by the winner of the 1995 Booker Prize
Elizabeth Taylor; Jonathan Keates
A finely nuanced exploration of responsibility, snobbery and culture clash.
Francoise Gilot; Carlton Lake
The young painter Francoise Gilot met Picasso in a Parisian cafe when he was 62. During the next ten years they were lovers, worked together and had two children, Claude...
Simone de Beauvoir; Euan Cameron
The story of a fragile love between a man doomed to immortality and a beautiful ambitious actress obsessed with living forever in his memory. The novel is seen as a...