Lucy Worsley – Who Was Queen Victoria?
Historian, author and TV presenter Lucy Worsley delves into the detail of Queen Victoria’s life in this major new biography published to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Five Feminist Things I’m Excited About Right Now.
By Deborah Frances-White Emilia: This West End play is the story of Emilia Lanier, the first female professional poet in England. She’s my Elizabethan pin-up and girl crush. A hilarious call to arms that’ll make your heart swell. https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/emilia/ A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes: A book about the Trojan War told from an […]
Julia Bueno shares 5 books to read for Maternal Health Awareness Week
Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence by Rozsika Parker The vacillation of love and hate that many women feel toward their children is an unspoken subject that feeds maternal shame. This is a thoughtful working through of that taboo, with a confident message that should reassure: hateful feelings are not only normal, but […]
Five Unsung Heroines by Sonia Purnell
Clementine Churchill ‘The history of Winston Churchill, and the history of the world, would have been very different without Clementine Churchill,’ declared Churchill’s chief-of-staff, General Ismay Hastings, after the war. That sums up this shy but formidable woman’s contribution to victory against fascism in 1945 and yet she has largely remained in the shadow […]
On the flight of bats | Does Writing Style Matter When It Comes To Fantasy? by MD Lachlan
How does a bat move? I had an interesting discussion with one famous fantasy writer recently when I said no decent writer should describe a bat as ‘flitting’. ‘Why?’ he said. ‘Bats do flit.’ Yup, they do and, were I sitting in a pub garden watching a bat fly overhead I might think ‘There flits […]
Q&A with Margaret Atwood
Fresh from receiving the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Franz Kafka award in Prague, Margaret Atwood can now look forward to a brilliant six part film adaptation of Alias Grace (Netflix November 3rd). And so can we. Margaret Atwood has published with Virago since 1979. […]
Lara Thompson on winning the first Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award
Lara Thompson talks Vietnamese food, secret writing and how it felt to win the first ‘Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award’. I was in my favourite Vietnamese restaurant, alone, with a spring roll poised between my lips and the plate, when I found out I’d won. Most of the day until that point […]
Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award
Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award And read an extract from the 1930s Manhattan-set detective story that won lecturer Lara Thompson a book deal By Lily Peschardt – originally published on The Pool. We are delighted to announce that Virago and The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award is Lara Thompson for […]
IT’S THEIR WORLD NOW a Guest Post by C. Robert Cargill
Or at least, it might be soon . . . We extend a warm, human welcome to C. Robert Cargill, whose book SEA OF RUST is out today. A post-apocalyptic robot Western that is action-packed, adrenaline-fueled science fiction, and far timelier than we realized . . . I didn’t set out to write a timely […]
Miska Corbin vs. the World
We are thrilled to welcome the brilliant Gavin Smith back to the Gollancz Blog. Today, Gavin will introduce us to the unforgettable Miska Corbin and we’ll get to see how she would fare against some of our favourite genre characters. Seven years ago my first novel, Veteran, came out. To help publicise it I wrote […]
Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt
Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt If I said I was a musician to a taxi driver I know they’d glance in the mirror and say: ‘Classical?’ I’d prefer it if they guessed I was a confident, smokey-eyed jazz singer, but they’re too good at judging people by the way they move, […]
My Top 5 travel pieces by Lesley Blanch
A Londoner by birth, Lesley Blanch spent the greater part of her life travelling about those remote areas her books record so vividly. She left England in 1946, never to return except as a visitor, and travelled across war-torn Europe to join her diplomat-novelist husband, Romain Gary, in Bulgaria. She died in the South […]