The wonderful Virago Press is 40 years old this year. They have produced so many fabulous books – novels written by women that have been rediscovered, as well as new novels by contemporary writers such as Margaret Atwood and Sarah Waters. I am a rubbish feminist, but I am deeply grateful for the work they have done in getting neglected women writers back into publication. My life would have been a lot poorer without the input of EH Young, Elizabeth Taylor (not THAT Elizabeth Taylor…), Rose Macaulay, Vita Sackville West and many others. I love the dark green covers of the older publications – and we have a lovely collection of them in the shop. So I have made a table of them, to help celebrate 40 years of this great publishing house. There are now a few more titles there since I took the photo – but also a couple that have been sold!
The Tree House is sadly closed on Wednesday this week, as I have to go to Oxford, but when it reopens on Thursday, do come and have a look at the Virago selection, and if you haven’t read one of these wonderful authors before, this is your chance. All the books are £2 – but you are also welcome to buy a cup of coffee and sit and read on one of the sofas. The Tree House is a reading room as well as a bookshop – but of course we hope you will enjoy the books enough to want to buy them and take them home!