Virago

The Return of Captain John Emmett

By Elizabeth Speller - Published 2010

Genres:

MilitaryMystery/Crime

London 1921. Laurence Bartram, widower and decorated army officer, is attempting to find a role for himself in post-War society by writing a study ...Read Review

All the Nice Girls

By Joan Bakewell - Published 2009

Genres:

Saga

  It’s a pity this book has come up for review for the autumn magazine as it is a perfect beach read. ...Read Review

The Little Stranger

By Sarah Waters - Published 2009

Genres:

Thriller

There is a fundamental enigma at the heart of this excellent novel set in England in the austere and grim years after the ...Read Review

Sacred Hearts

By Sarah Dunant - Published 2009

Genres:

Literary

In Renaissance Italy the Council of Trent moves to purge convent life of the contamination of the outside world, the Counter-Reformation imposing further ...Read Review

The Bolter

By Frances Osborne - Published 2008Published 2009

Genres:

Nonfiction

Frances Osborne, the great-granddaughter of Idina Sackville, has written a shockingly candid biography of a brazen woman who defied the convention of upper ...Read Review

Apology For The Woman Writing

By Jenny Diski - Published 2008

Genres:

Biographical FictionLiterary

France in the 16th century. Marie de Gournay is a self-educated “difficult” child whose life is centred in her dead father’s library ...Read Review

Black Orchids

By Gillian Slovo - Published 2008

Genres:

Literary

The first ninety pages and the last thirty of this profound novel are arresting, sensual, initially in 1946 Ceylon, later 1972 Sri Lanka. The book ...Read Review

Scapegallows

By Carol Birch - Published 2007

Genres:

Biographical FictionLiterary

A ‘scapegallows’ is one who deserves and has narrowly escaped hanging. One such is Margaret Catchpole, born in Suffolk, who lived a double ...Read Review

Beyond These Walls – Escaping the Warsaw Ghetto

By Janina Bauman - Published 2006

Genres:

Nonfiction

This is the vivid and compelling autobiography of Janina Bauman, a young Jewish girl (the same age as Anne Frank) from a professional ...Read Review

The Girl from Hockley: Growing Up in Working-Class Birmingham

By Joanna Goldsworthy (ed.) - By Kathleen Dayus - Published 2006

Genres:

Nonfiction

Kathleen Dayus was born in 1903, and this new edition combines several of her works into a volume telling the story of her life ...Read Review