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In this beautiful hardback anthology, 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 In this beautiful hardback anthology, 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 as Readers is a thought-provoking collection that is a joy to read. Contributors 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


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In this beautiful hardback anthology, 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 In this beautiful hardback anthology, 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 as Readers is a thought-provoking collection that is a joy to read. Contributors 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

30 review for Writers as Readers: A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    What I enjoyed most about this book was that it made me want to read or re-read all the books that were being introduced. So this is a collection of the introductory essays that Virago modern classics have at the beginning of all their novels. I now have a list to add to my TBR list...I need to retire!! Here's the list: My Antonia - Willa Cather Lolly Willows - sylvia Townsend Warner Dusty Answer -Rosamund Lehmann Diary of a Provincial Lady - E.M. Delafield The Frost in May quartet by Antonia White The What I enjoyed most about this book was that it made me want to read or re-read all the books that were being introduced. So this is a collection of the introductory essays that Virago modern classics have at the beginning of all their novels. I now have a list to add to my TBR list...I need to retire!! Here's the list: My Antonia - Willa Cather Lolly Willows - sylvia Townsend Warner Dusty Answer -Rosamund Lehmann Diary of a Provincial Lady - E.M. Delafield The Frost in May quartet by Antonia White The High Rising books by Angela Thirkell Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons The Company She Keeps by Mary McCarthy The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West Angel by Elizabeth Taylor The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King An Academic Question by Barbara Pym and... everything again by Angela Carter (who I now think of as Angie because of Callil's intro).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Bernet-Ward

    A superb anthology of the last forty years of Virago Modern Classics with a gorgeous bookcover illustration. Great for readers who appreciate women writers and also for students studying literature. Each contemporary author writes a sincere and thoughtful introduction from their own perspective as a reader. They cover the classics, from fiction and comedy to famous diaries and autobiographies. For example, Margaret Drabble discusses Jane Austen 'Pride and Prejudice' and further on Jilly Cooper t A superb anthology of the last forty years of Virago Modern Classics with a gorgeous bookcover illustration. Great for readers who appreciate women writers and also for students studying literature. Each contemporary author writes a sincere and thoughtful introduction from their own perspective as a reader. They cover the classics, from fiction and comedy to famous diaries and autobiographies. For example, Margaret Drabble discusses Jane Austen 'Pride and Prejudice' and further on Jilly Cooper talks about E. M. Delafield 'The Diary of a Provincial Lady'. Although I've not read 'Strangers on a Train' by Patricia Highsmith, I think Claire Messud has convinced me to read it. At the end of Amanda Craig's introduction on Rebecca West 'The Fountain Overflows' she says 'The novel is one of those rare books that leaves the reader feeling happier and more hopeful than before." And that's exactly what this Virago Modern Classics makes me feel ♥ More on my blog https://thoughtsbecomewords.com/2019/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Dargue

    A collection of essays that are introductions to the books of the authors featured in this book. As in any collection there are essays which I connect more with than others. In this collection the ones I connected with were Simon Russell Beale's on Mary Renault who was a bot of an unknown writer to me. This book has made me want to investigate further into both the lives and literature of these authors. 3.5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Avril

    The problem with reading a book about other books is that now I want to read (almost) all of the books described in it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Slocombe

    A good book for dipping in and out of between other things. I enjoyed nearly all of it and most of the authors/books featured have found their way into my TBR pile!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Verity W

    Interesting collection of essays from writers writing about other writers. I enjoyed, nice bitesized insights.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barb

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trudy Ferrer

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Weideling

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  14. 4 out of 5

    LucindaIsReading

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gergana

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

  20. 4 out of 5

    GeraniumCat

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cassy Spratt

  22. 5 out of 5

    Helen Childs

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fiona O'dea

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natashaketel

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hardcover Hearts

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pageaut Charlotte

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judith Rich

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin Simone

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Conmey

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