2018 will be the fortieth anniversary of Virago Modern Classics. To celebrate this milestone, Virago is publishing an anthology entitled Writers as Readers, collecting forty of the wonderful introductions to Virago Modern Classics editions from the past four decades. The book will be published as a gift hardback, in the same stunning design style as the Virago Designer Classics collection.Essays in the collection include: Hilary Mantel on Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Saunders on Barbara Pym, Alexander McCall Smith on Angela Thirkell, Jane Gardam on Barbara Comyns, Sarah Dunant on Daphne du Maurier, Angela Carter on Charlotte Bronte, Paula McLain on Mary McCarthy, Linda Grant on Beryl Bainbridge, Penelope Lively on Edith Wharton, Rachel Cooke on Stevie Smith, Mark Bostridge on Vera Brittain, Jonathan Coe on Rosamond Lehmann, Maggie O'Farrell on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jilly Cooper on E. M. Delafield, Julie Burchill on Jacqueline Susann, Carmen Callil on Angela Carter, Sophie Dahl on Stella Gibbons, Diana Souhami on Radclyffe Hall, Amanda Craig on Rebecca West and Marina Lewycka on Monica Dickens, as well as many other Virago Modern Classics treasures.
Since Virago began in 1973, its mission has been to champion women's voices and bring them to the widest possible readership around the world. From fiction and politics to history and classic children's stories, our writers continue to win acclaim, break new ground and enrich the lives of readers.The Virago Modern Classics list was launched in 1978 with Antonia White's Frost in May, and celebrates its fortieth birthday in 2018 with the publication of Writers as Readers and beautifully designed reissues of books including Frost in May by Antonia White; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann; Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith; The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Heartburn by Nora Ephron; The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy; Memento Mori by Muriel Spark; A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor; Faces in the Water by Janet Frame.