we heard that our friends-at-Virago (in London, England) are celebrating their birthday – and it’s a Significant One (40!)
the Guardian has covered this lovely event here
if you can receive this Transmission from the BBC in your own territory, there’s a Splendid Desert Island Discs* from the vibrantly brave founder: Carmen Callil
*as you may recall we Adore desert-island-discs
when who-we-are-in-RL was a Student (and thus Lacking In Funds), the distinctive green jacket of a Virago book was a Beacon in the back of a secondhand bookshop off the charing cross road or in the nether regions (don’t ask) of kings cross or sometimes in a genteel part of chelsea off the kings road.
it said FREEDOM.
Virago celebrated (and continues to do so but when one was Young it felt so Important to know this) women who had BIG LIVES.
we missed this (because we had already left england) but there were some Special Covers done a few years ago of some of our favo(u)rites:
we would Swoop in on the Virago books in a secondhand bookshop and take them home to nourish our fevered imagination of What Might Happen when we Graduated (a Lot happened but that’s another story).
isn’t the Delafield a pretty cover?
we thought a Lot about her when we wrote this post here as we were starting to write The House On Church Row (now wouldn’t THAT make a delicious Virago book? *farofflooktothehorizon*) and the Lovely Jilly Cooper wrote about her here:
we Thrilled to Virago’s tales of the domestic travails and the hidden-writers-in-the-back-room while the Laundry was being done and children-slept – it all felt Possible.
here’s current Publisher of Virago, Lennie Goodings, talking about their Book Club (we adore a book club, don’t you?)
and the final word must go to Fleur Fisher who writes a wonderful blog post here
because in the end, it’s about those of us who Love To Read.
happy birthday, Virago!
have you read a Virago today?