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The Virago Halloween reading list 👻

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve? Here are just a few suggestions in our Halloween reading list.   Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier With one of the most famous first lines in literature, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has all of the elements that make for a chilling tale, […]

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Related Categories: Upcoming Books, Virago News

Happy Publication Day 25th May 2016!

It’s publication day for two of our more literary science fiction authors. The first is a modern collection of short fiction from one of the most exciting new voices in science fiction, Hannu Rajaniemi. The second is a new addition to our SF Masterworks series, which collects only the absolute best science fiction ever published, […]

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Related Categories: Book Birthday

Team Gollancz Celebrate the First Law Universe

To celebrate #FirstLawDay  and the publication of Joe Abercombie’s Sharp Ends, we sat down members of Team Gollancz and asked them to tell us their memories of the First Law Universe. Join us as we share our favourite moments . . . Make sure you read to the end of the blog post where we […]

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Related Categories: Fantasy, Joe Abercrombie

Celebrating Joe Abercrombie’s First Law!

Join us today as we celebrate Joe Abercrombie’s First Law universe with our #FirstLawDay. Joe Abercrombie returns to the First Law universe tomorrow with the publication of Sharp Ends. Sharp Ends features a mix of original and reissued short stories collected together for the first time, eight of which are award-winning and previously published, and […]

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Related Categories: Fantasy, Joe Abercrombie

Exclusive Interview with Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey

Listen up! The wait for Joe Abercrombie’s Sharp Ends is nearly over. To celebrate we’re sharing an exclusive interview with Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey, the audio reader of the First Law books. Head phones at the ready, you can listen here on the blog, on Soundcloud or download the interview from iTunes. Sharp Ends […]

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Related Categories: Extract, Fantasy, Interview, Joe Abercrombie

Are you ready for Sharp Ends?

First Law fans we’ve got big news! Have you pre-0rdered a copy of Sharp Ends? The first 300 people to send us their proof of purchase will receive a signed collectible bookmark! Full details on how to claim your bookmark are at the bottom of the post. It’s very nearly time to return to the […]

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Related Categories: Joe Abercrombie

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Aquila Rift

We are thrilled to be able to share with you the stunning cover for Alastair Reynolds new short story collection, Beyond the Aquila Rift. This is an amazing collection of some of the best short fiction ever written in the SF genre, by an author acclaimed as ‘the mastersinger of space opera’ THE TIMES. This […]

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Related Categories: Alastair Reynolds, Cover Art, Cover Reveal

Joe Abercrombie’s Sharp Ends Tour is coming soon to a bookshop near you!

Celebrating his anticipated return to the First Law universe with a collection of gritty short stories, Sharp Ends (published 26th April) the legendary Joe Abercrombie will be taking part in a series of talk & signing events with some fantastic bookshops (and blogger media partners!) as well as participating in a fantastic day of First […]

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Related Categories: Author Tour, Joe Abercrombie

Cover Reveal: Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

We are thrilled to able to reveal the stunning cover for Joe Abercrombie’s Sharp Ends. Violence, hope, murder and revenge – it must be the new bestselling, and award-winning, collection from Joe Abercrombie, set in the infamous The First Law Universe! The incredible cover was designed by Laura Brett with map design by Dave Senior. […]

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The Bookends list of shorts for a sweet bookish fix…

For some of us summer heralds an opportunity to finally sit back and get gloriously lost in the backlog you’ve racked up on your e-reader, but for others, it’s all you can do to snatch ten minutes to yourself between blowing up the kids’ inflatable crocodile and applying a sixth layer of sun-cream. The Bookends […]

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Related Categories: Bookends News

The God Tattoo: Untold Tales of the Twilight Reign – out today!

9780575131262This post has been a little while in coming. Truth be told I hadn’t much expected it to ever happen – after all, ask anyone and they’ll tell you short story collections don’t sell in the UK. And yet here I am, with another lovely Larry Rostant cover to admire and my name on another book. Now they’re all special – you publish a book that isn’t special to you and it either will be your last or should be. Even for a professional author, each one remains a constant for a period of your life and should trigger an emotion as strong as the smell of freshly cut grass. Where you wrote the book, who you lived with or drank with – they’re all bound up with each one but God Tattoo encompassed most of my adult life as it turned out.

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Related Categories: Author Post, Fantasy, Short Stories, Tom Lloyd

Paul McAuley’s short stories

Award-winning author Paul McAuley has been busy writing some brilliant short stories since finishing Evening’s Empires, the fourth book in the Quiet War series, out in July. We will be sharing a couple with you here this week and there are more available over on Paul’s blog. After finishing Evening’s Empires, I find I’m not […]

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