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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

And the winner is . . . The Running Ones, by Sophie Mackintosh.

Inspired by our re-issue of four Daphne du Maurier collections this month, earlier this year we teamed up with Stylist Magazine and asked your for your chilling short stories. The entries poured in – covering everything from magical realism to mental illness – and having whittled down almost 500 entries to a shortlist of 10, our judges have finally selected a winner. […]

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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

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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Adele Parks on the changing face of love: four special short story collections

When it comes to falling in love and finding the elusive ‘one’, Adele Parks, with her trademark tell-it-as-it-is style, gets right to the heart of the dilemmas real women – and men – face in their lives. From epic, heart-warming love stories to the heartbreak of a partnership turned sour, no relationship status has been […]

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Related Categories: Bookends News

ICYMI: From the Attic VIII: Short Stories from the ’80s & ’90s (Mostly)

As previously noted, we will be republishing noted critic and reviewer Kev McVeigh’s ‘From the Attic’ columns over the coming weeks, to give new readers the opportunity to encounter his sage observations on some very important and all-too-often overlooked authors . . . Two things: 1. SFF has seemed to me to be the one […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Commentary, SF Gateway Guest Post

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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Stephen King short story competition: Send us your stories!

To mark publication of Stephen King’s wonderful new collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, we are teaming up with the Guardian to run a short story competition, in which King himself will pick the winner. The prize will include publication of the winning story on the Guardian books website and a chance to improve your […]

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Related Categories: Competitions, Stephen King News

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