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21 June 2008

Always Judge a Book by its Cover

Aren't these nice?  I'm very late to the party with these, but I've just seen (via Brocante Home) that last month Virago brought out a Special Edition of eight of its Modern Classics to celebrate its 30th anniversary, each with beautiful covers courtesy of celebrated textile designers.

Virago was set up by Carmen Callil to rescue out of print works by female authors and when I was growing up it had the reputation of being a very daring and feminist enterprise.  Which is why I read a lot of Virago books, particularly in my teens. Today their pine green spines are a hugely beloved part of the English literary landscape.

I actually quite fancy buying a couple of these (I love the Biba Valley of the Dolls and Orla Kiely Barbara Pym particularly) but can only find some of them (and not the ones I want) on sale here.

excellent women a game of hide and seek

Cover design by Orla Kiely
Cover design by Celia Birtwell

9781844085224  9781844085279

Cover design by Cath Kidston
Cover design by Lucienne Day


Cover design by Barbara Hulanicki
Cover design by Marion Dorn

9781844085231 9781844085286 

Cover design by Jacqueline Groag
Cover design by Lois Mailou Jones


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I have never heard of Virago and will have to look into this not only for their titles but I love the cover prints. And 84 Charing Cross Road is one of my favorte books (and films).

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