Happy 40th Birthday to Virago!

Virago is 40 A Celebration
Happy birthday to Virago! The iconic, internationally-acclaimed publishers turns forty today, and we couldn't be happier to be breaking out the birthday cake on their behalf.

They’ve collaborated with forty authors on a brand new collection; Virago is 40. The only rule; that each piece of writing had to somehow reference the number forty. Beyond that, all bets are off.

The final anthology features a range of subject matters, styles and forms, including stories, poems, autobiography and essays. It’s introduced by none other than For Books’ Sake favourite Margaret Atwood, and features contributions from amazing Virago authors including the likes of Sarah Waters, Maya Angelou, Stella Duffy, Naomi Wolf and Tracey Thorn.

Virago have been responsible for the resdiscovery of numerous women writers who may otherwise have lapsed into obscurity, as well as championing established and emerging authors of every stripe.Best of all? It’s free. As a thank-you from Virago, the digital edition will be completely free, available from Thursday. Is that a brilliant birthday present or what?

From Vera Brittain to Charlotte Perkins Gilman via Vita Sackville-West, Virago have been responsible for the resdiscovery of numerous women writers who may otherwise have lapsed into obscurity, as well as championing established and emerging authors of every stripe.

Here at For Books’ Sake, we owe Virago a whopping debt of gratitude for all they’ve done for womens writers over the past forty years, so tonight we’ll definitely be cracking open the champagne and toasting to the next forty. Who’s with us?

Which book by Virago do you love the most? And what would you like to see more of from them in the next forty years?

Virago is 40 is published on Thursday, and available for free pre-order now.

Happy birthday to Virago! The iconic, internationally-acclaimed publishers turns forty today, and we couldn’t be happier to be breaking out the birthday cake on their behalf.