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Writers as Readers

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349008622

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 3rd May 2018

Genre: Literature & Literary Studies

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The perfect anthology for book lovers

Writers as Readers is a celebration of forty years of the Virago Modern Classics list. Started in 1978, Virago Modern Classics is dedicated to the rediscovery and championing of women writers, challenging the often narrow definition of ‘classic’.

In this collection, forty of the most significant writers of the past century tell us about one of their favourite writers by introducing books from the Virago Modern Classics collection, offering a glimpse at the treasures that have been published over the past four decades: they may be great works of literature; they may be wonderful period pieces; they may reveal particular aspects of women’s lives; they may be classics of comedy, storytelling, diary-writing or autobiography.

Writers include: Margaret Drabble | Beryl Bainbridge | Angela Carter | Maggie O’Farrell | Elizabeth Jane Howard | A. S. Byatt | Penelope Lively | Sarah Waters | Jonathan Coe | Diana Souhami | Jilly Cooper | Elizabeth Bowen | Mark Bostridge | Alexander McCall Smith | Sarah Dunant | Rachel Cooke | Zadie Smith | Anita Desai | Sophie Dahl | Clare Boylan | Paula McLain | Diana Athill | Marina Lewycka | Claire Messud | Michèle Roberts | Simon Russell Beale | Amanda Craig | Hilary Mantel | Elizabeth Taylor | Ali Smith | Linda Grant | Jane Gardam | Julie Burchill | Carmen Callil | Helen Oyeyemi | Marian Keyes | Nora Ephron | Sandi Toksvig | Kate Saunders


With more than thirty of the most respected authors offering their take on some of the best modern classics, this book is a complete joy. It's a beautifully presented hardback and, at just over four hundred pages, is definitely a good buy. Very much a book for dipping into rather than reading cover-to-cover, it offers a guide to the wide range of writing included among the Virago Modern Classic collection
Reading Room
If you can't think of anything better than reading Angela Carter's writing on reading Charlotte Brontë, this book is for you. It's a complete delight - I couldn't put it down. You can devour it cover-to-cover or dip into it every now and then, when you need some inspiration. Luckily, it has it in abundance