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Team Virago’s Recommended Reads: With just a few weeks of summer left, the Virago team have been contemplating their favourite summer reads. With suggestions ranging from Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire to Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (plus a Virago title each, thrown in for good measure) we had to share our summer reads recommendations. Read…

Read an extract from You Play the Girl

We all know who The Girl is. She holds The Hero’s hand as he runs through the Pyramids, chasing robots. Or she nags him, or foils him, plays the uptight straight man to his charming loser. She’s idealised, degraded, dismissed, objectified and almost always dehumanised. How do we process these insidious portrayals, and how do…

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