Virago Modern Classics


Ruth Adam

  • I’m Not Complaining

Diran Adebayo

  • Some Kind of Black

Sibilla Aleramo

  • A Woman

Louisa May Alcott

  • Eight Cousins
  • A Rose in Bloom

Phyllis Shand Allfrey

  • The Orchid House

Lisa Alther

  • Kinflicks
  • Original Sins

Sylvia Ashton-Warner

  • Spinster

Margaret Atwood

  • Surfacing
  • The Edible Woman
  • Life Before Man
  • Lady Oracle
  • Bodily Harm
  • Dancing Girls and Other Stories

Jane Austen

  • Emma
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Persuasion
  • Mansfield Park
  • Northanger Abbey

Patricia Avis

  • Playing the Harlot


Enid Bagnold

  • The Squire
  • The Happy Foreigner
  • The Loved and the Envied

Dorothy Baker

  • Cassandra at the Wedding

A. L. Barker

  • John Brown’s Body
  • The Gooseboy
  • Submerged

Pat Barker

  • Union Street
  • Blow Your House Down
  • Liza’s England (The Century’s Daughter)

Marjorie Barnard

  • The Persimmon Tree

Djuna Barnes

  • Smoke and Other Early Stories

Janina Bauman

  • Beyond These Walls

Nina Bawden

  • Tortoise by Candlelight
  • A Little Love, A Little Learning
  • A Woman of My Age
  • The Birds on the Trees
  • Walking Naked
  • The Ice House
  • A Grain of Truth
  • Familiar Passions
  • George Beneath a Paper Moon
  • Anna Apparent
  • Family Money
  • Devil by the Sea
  • Circles of Deceit
  • Afternoon of a Good Woman
  • Ruffian on the Stair

Nicola Beauman

  • A Very Great Profession

Simone de Beauvoir

  • All Men are Mortal

Sybille Bedford

  • A Compass Error
  • A Favourite of the Gods

Aphra Behn

  • Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister

Mary Benson

  • At the Still Point

Dora Birtles

  • The Overlanders

Eliot Bliss

  • Luminous Isle
  • Saraband

Francis Marion Beynon

  • Aleta Day

Capel Boake

  • Painted Clay

Bridget Boland

  • The Wild Geese

Isobel Bolton

  • New York Mosaic

Jane Bowles

  • Two Serious Ladies
  • Everything is Nice

Kay Boyle

  • Plagued by the Nightingale
  • Year Before Last
  • My Next Bride

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • Aurora Floyd
  • Lady Audley’s Secret

Ann Bridge

  • Peking Bridge
  • Illyrian Spring

Vera Brittain

  • The Dark Tide
  • The Honourable Estate

Anne Bronte

  • Agnes Grey

Charlotte Bronte

  • Villette
  • Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte

  • Wuthering Heights

Brigid Brophy

  • The King of a Rainy Country
  • Hackenfeller’s Ape

Rhoda Broughton

  • Belinda

Fanny Burney

  • Cecilia


Ada Cambridge

  • The Three Miss Kings

Dorothy Canfield

  • Her Son’s Wife
  • The Brimming Cup

Mary Cantwell

  • Manhattan, When I Was Young

Leonora Carrington

  • Seventh Horse and Other Tales
  • The Hearing Trumpet

Catherine Carswell

  • Open the Door!
  • The Camomile

Angela Carter

  • The Magic Toyshop
  • The Passion of New Eve
  • Fireworks
  • Several Perceptions
  • Shadow Dance
  • Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Stories edited by Angela Carter

Willa Cather

  • A Lost Lady
  • My Antonia
  • The Professor’s House
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • My Mortal Enemy
  • The Song of the Lark
  • O Pioneers!
  • Shadows on the Rock
  • Lucy Gayheart
  • Sapphira and the Slave Girl
  • One of Ours
  • Alexander’s Bridge

Mary Cholmondeley

  • Red Pottage

Carol Clewlow

  • A Woman’s Guide to Adultery

Isabel Colegate

  • The Orlando Trilogy

Emily Holmes Coleman

  • The Shutter of Snow


  • The Other Woman

Ivy Compton-Burnett

  • Two Worlds and Their Ways
  • The Mighty and Their Fall
  • A Heritage and Its History
  • Mother and Son

Barbara Comyns

  • The Vet’s Daughter
  • Our Spoons Came from Woolworths
  • Sisters by a River
  • The Skin Chairs
  • Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
  • A Touch of Mistletoe

Lettice Cooper

  • The New House
  • Fenny

Hannah Crafts

  • The Bondwoman’s Narrative


H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

  • Her
  • Bid Me to Live

Celia Dale

  • Sheep’s Clothing

Eleanor Dark

  • The Little Company
  • Lantana Lane

R.M. Dashwood

  • Provincial Daughter

Dorothy Salisbury Davis

  • A Death in the Life

Jennifer Dawson

  • The Ha-Ha

E.M. Delafield

  • Diary of a Provincial Lady
  • The Way Things Are
  • Thank Heaven Fasting

Ethel M. Dell

  • The Way of an Eagle

Jean Devanny

  • Cindie

Polly Devlin

  • All of Us There

Ellen Douglas

  • The Rock Cried Out

Maureen Duffy

  • That’s How It Was
  • The Microcosm

Daphne du Maurier

  • Rebecca
  • Jamaica Inn
  • Frenchman’s Creek
  • My Cousin Rachel
  • The House on the Strand
  • The Loving Spirit
  • The Birds and Other Stories
  • The King’s General
  • The Rebecca Notebook
  • Mary Anne
  • The Scapegoat
  • The du Mauriers
  • Myself When Young
  • Rule Britannia
  • Julius
  • The Glass Blowers
  • Gerald: A Portrait
  • Castle Dor
  • I’ll Never Be Young Again
  • The Flight of the Falcon
  • Parasites
  • Rendezvous and Other Stories
  • The Winding Stair
  • The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte
  • Golden Lads
  • Hungry Hill
  • The Breaking Point: Short Stories

Elaine Dundy

  • The Dud Avocado
  • The Old Man and Me

Nell Dunn

  • Poor Cow
  • Up the Junction


Emily Eden

  • The Semi-Attached Couple (and the Semi-Detached House)

Dorothy Edwards

  • Rhapsody
  • Winter Sonata

George Egerton

  • Keynotes and Discords

M. Barnard Eldershaw

  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

George Eliot

  • The Lifted Veil
  • Brother Jacob

Alice Thomas Ellis

  • The Sin Eater
  • The Summerhouse Trilogy

Nora Ephron

  • Heartburn


Rachel Ferguson

  • The Brontes Went to Woolworths

Susan Ferrier

  • Marriage

Jane and Mary Findlater

  • Crossriggs

Ruth First

  • 117 Days

Janet Flanner

  • Paris Was Yesterday

Janet Frame

  • An Angel at My Table
  • Faces in the Water
  • Living in the Maniototo
  • The Daylight and the Dust: Selected Short Stories

Pamela Frankau

  • A Wreath for the Enemy
  • The Willow Cabin
  • The Winged Horse

Miles Franklin

  • My Brilliant Career
  • My Career Goes Bung
  • Some Everyday Folk and Dawn

Celia Fremlin

  • The Hours Before Dawn

Marilyn French

  • The Women’s Room
  • The Bleeding Heart


Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Curious, If True

Martha Gellhorn

  • A Stricken Field
  • Liana

Kaye Gibbons

  • A Virtuous Woman
  • Sights Unseen
  • Charms for the Easy Life
  • Ellen Foster

Stella Gibbons

  • Nightingale Wood

Penelope Gilliatt

  • What’s It Like Out?
  • Nobody’s Business

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  • The Yellow Wallpaper

George Gissing

  • The Odd Women

Ellen Glasgow

  • The Sheltered Life
  • Virginia
  • Barren Ground

Victoria Glendinning

  • A Suppressed Cry

Elinor Glyn

  • Three Weeks

Gail Godwin

  • The Odd Woman
  • The Good Husband

Nadine Gordimer

  • The Lying Days
  • Occasion for Loving

Sarah Grand

  • The Beth Book


E.F. Hailey

  • A Woman of Independent Means

Radclyffe Hall

  • The Unlit Lamp
  • The Well of Loneliness
  • Adam’s Breed
  • A Saturday Life

Helene Hanff

  • 84 Charing Cross Road

Elizabeth Hardwick

  • Sleepless Nights
  • The Ghostly Lover
  • The Simple Truth

Shirley Hazzard

  • The Transit of Venus
  • The Bay of Noon

Dorothy Hewett

  • Bobbin Up

Marjorie Hillis

  • Live Alone and Like It

Mary Hocking

  • Good Daughters
  • Indifferent Heroes
  • Welcome Strangers
  • A Particular Place

Helen Hodgman

  • Blue Skies and Jack and Jill

Alice Hoffman

  • Seventh Heaven

Winifred Holtby

  • Anderby Wold
  • The Crowded Street
  • Mandoa, Mandoa!
  • The Land of Green Ginger
  • Poor Caroline
  • South Riding
  • Remember, Remember! The Selected Stories of Winifred Holtby

Attia Hosain

  • Sunlight on a Broken Column
  • Phoenix Fled

Janette Turner Hospital

  • Borderline
  • The Last Magician

E.M. Hull

  • The Sheik

Zora Neale Hurston

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Jonah’s Gourd Vine


Storm Jameson

  • Company Parade
  • Women Against Men
  • Love in Winter
  • None Turn Back

Elizabeth Jenkins

  • The Tortoise and the Hare

F. Tennyson Jesse

  • A Pin to See the Peepshow
  • The Lacquer Lady
  • Moonraker

Geraldine Jewsbury

  • Zoe

Josephine Johnson

  • Now in November

Elizabeth Jolley

  • The Sugar Mother
  • The Newspaper of Claremont Street


Sheila Kaye-Smith

  • Joanna Godden
  • Susan Spray

Florence King

  • Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

Molly Keane

  • The Rising Tide
  • Devoted Ladies
  • Two Days in Aragon
  • Mad Puppetstown
  • Full House
  • Taking Chances
  • Loving Without Tears
  • Young Entry
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Conversation Piece
  • The Knight of Cheerful Countenance
  • Good Behavior
  • Time After Time
  • Loving and Giving

Mary Kelly

  • The Spoilt Kill

Margaret Kennedy

  • The Ladies of Lyndon
  • Together and Apart
  • The Constant Nymph
  • Troy Chimneys

Jessie Kesson

  • The White Bird Passes
  • Another Time, Another Place
  • Where the Apple Ripens and Other Stories
  • Glitter of Mica

Alexandra Kollontai

  • Love of Worker Bees and A Great Love

Esther Kreitman

  • Deborah


Margaret Laurence

  • The Stone Angel
  • A Jest of God
  • The Fire-Dwellers
  • The Diviners

Maura Laverty

  • Never No More

Mary Lavin

  • Mary O’Grady
  • The House in Clewe Street

Ursula K. Le Guin

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

Beatrix Lehmann

  • Rumour of Heaven

Rosamond Lehmann

  • Invitation to the Waltz
  • The Weather in the Streets
  • The Gipsy’s Baby
  • A Note in Music
  • The Ballad and the Source
  • A Sea-Grape Tree
  • Dusty Answer
  • The Echoing Grove

Ada Leverson

  • The Little Ottleys

Ivy Litvinov

  • She Knew She Was Right


Rose Macaulay

  • The World My Wilderness
  • Told By An Idiot
  • Crewe Train

Shena Mackay

  • Music Upstairs
  • Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumburger and Toddler on the Run

Eveline Mahyère

  • I Will Not Serve

Olivia Manning

  • The Play Room
  • The Doves of Venus
  • The Wind Changes

Katherine Mansfield

  • The Aloe

Beryl Markham

  • West With the Night

Paule Marshall

  • Brown Girl, Brownstones

Harriet Martineau

  • Deerbrook

Madeleine Masson

  • Christine

F.M. Mayor

  • The Third Miss Symons
  • The Rector’s Daughter
  • The Squire’s Daughter

Mary McCarthy

  • The Group

Colleen McCullough

  • The Thorn Birds

Janet McNeill

  • Tea at Four O’clock

George Meredith

  • Diana of the Crossways

Louise Meriwether

  • Daddy Was a Number Runner

Grace Metalious

  • Peyton Place

Betty Miller

  • On the Side of the Angels

Gladys Mitchell

  • The Rising of the Moon

Naomi Mitchison

  • The Corn King and the Spring Queen
  • Travel Light
  • The Bull Calves

Helena Morley

  • The Diary of Helena Morley

Penelope Mortimer

  • My Friend Says It’s Bullet-Proof


Anais Nin

  • The Four-Chambered Heart
  • Collages

Mary Norton

  • The Bread and Butter Stories


Ann Oakley

  • The Men’s Room

Joyce Carol Oates

  • Solstice
  • Expensive People
  • A Garden of Earthly Delights

Kate O’Brien

  • Mary Lavelle
  • That Lady
  • Without My Cloak
  • The Land of Spices
  • The Ante-Room
  • The Last of Summer

Julia O’Faolain

  • Women in the Wall

Margaret Oliphant

  • Hester
  • The Rector and The Doctor’s Family
  • Salem Chapel
  • The Perpetual Curate
  • Miss Marjoriebanks
  • Phoebe Junior

Edith Olivier

  • The Love Child

Tillie Olsen

  • Tell Me a Riddle
  • Yonnondio


Grace Paley

  • Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
  • The Little Disturbances of Man

Mollie Panter-Downes

  • One Fine Day

Ann Petry

  • The Street

Katherine Anne Porter

  • The Collected Stories

Dawn Powell

  • The Golden Spur

Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • The Roaring Nineties
  • Golden Miles
  • Winged Seeds

Barbara Pym

  • Jane and Prudence
  • No Fond Return of Love
  • Some Tame Gazelle
  • Excellent Women
  • A Glass of Blessings
  • Less Than Angels


Irene Rathbone

  • We That Were Young

Maud Pember Reeves

  • Round About a Pound a Week

Mary Renault

  • The Friendly Young Ladies

Dorothy Richardson

  • Pilgrimage I, II, III, IV
  • Journey to Paradise

Henry Handel Richardson

  • The Getting of Wisdom
  • Maurice Guest

E. Arnot Robertson

  • Four Frightened People
  • Ordinary Families
  • Cullum

Jane Rule

  • Desert of the Heart


Vita Sackville-West

  • All Passion Spent
  • The Edwardians
  • No Signposts in the Sea
  • Family History
  • Seducers in Ecuador and The Heir

Olive Schreiner

  • From Man to Man
  • The Story of an African Farm

Sarah Scott

  • Millenium Hall

Margery Sharp

  • The Eye of Love

George Bernard Shaw

  • An Unsocial Socialist

May Sinclair

  • Mary Oliver: A Life
  • The Life and Death of Harriet Frean
  • The Three Sisters

Agnes Smedley

  • Daughter of Earth

Dodie Smith

  • I Capture the Castle

Helen Zenna Smith

  • Not So Quiet

Stevie Smith

  • The Holiday
  • Over the Frontier
  • Novel on Yellow Paper

Muriel Spark

  • Symposium
  • Loitering With Intent
  • The Comforters
  • A Far Cry From Kensington
  • Memento Mori

Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

  • Joanna

Christina Stead

  • Letty Fox: Her Luck
  • For Love Alone
  • Cotters’ England
  • A Little Tea, a Little Chat
  • The People with the Dogs
  • The Beauties and the Furies
  • Miss Herbert
  • The Puzzleheaded Girl
  • Salzburg Tales

Gertrude Stein

  • Blood on the Dining Room Floor

G.B. Stern

  • The Matriarch
  • A Deputy Was King

Dorothy Strachey

  • Olivia

Jan Struther

  • Mrs. Miniver
  • Try Anything Twice

Jacqueline Susann

  • Valley of the Dolls


Laura Talbot

  • The Gentlewomen

Elisabeth Russell Taylor

  • Mother Country
  • Pillion Riders

Elizabeth Taylor

  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
  • In a Summer Season
  • The Soul of Kindness
  • The Devastating Boys
  • Angel
  • The Wedding Group
  • Palladian
  • A Game of Hide and Seek
  • The Blush
  • A View of the Harbour
  • At Mrs. Lippincote’s
  • Hester Lilly and Other Stories
  • Blaming
  • A Dedicated Man and Other Stories
  • A Wreath of Roses
  • Dangerous Calm

Angela Thirkell

  • Trooper to the Southern Cross

Frances Thomas

  • Christina Rossetti

Katherine Thurston

  • The Fly on the Wheel

Violet Trefusis

  • Hunt the Slipper
  • Pirates at Play

Elsa Triolet

  • A Fine of Two Hundred Francs


Elizabeth von Arnim

  • Fraulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther
  • Vera
  • Elizabeth and Her German Garden
  • The Enchanted April
  • The Pastor’s Wife
  • Love
  • The Caravaners
  • The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen
  • The Solitary Summer
  • Mr. Skeffington
  • Christopher and Columbus


Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Marcella

Sylvia Townsend Warner

  • Mr. Fortune’s Maggot
  • The True Heart
  • Summer Will Show
  • The Corner That Held Them
  • After the Death of Don Juan
  • Selected Stories
  • Lolly Willowes
  • The Flint Anchor
  • The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner

Mary Webb

  • Precious Bane
  • Gone to Earth
  • The House in Dormer Forest
  • Seven for a Secret
  • The Golden Arrow
  • Armour Wherein He Trusted

H.G. Wells

  • Ann Veronica

Eudora Welty

  • Delta Wedding
  • The Robber Bridegroom
  • The Ponder Heart
  • The Optimist’s Daughter
  • Losing Battles
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

Dorothy West

  • The Living is Easy
  • The Richer, the Poorer
  • The Wedding

Mae West

  • The Constant Sinner
  • She Done Him Wrong

Rebecca West

  • The Return of the Soldier
  • The Judge
  • Harriet Hume
  • The Harsh Voice
  • The Fountain Overflows
  • The Thinking Reed
  • The Birds Fall Down
  • This Real Night
  • Cousin Rosamund
  • Sunflower

Edith Wharton

  • The Reef
  • Roman Fever
  • The Fruit of the Tree
  • Madame de Treymes
  • Old New York
  • The Children
  • The Mother’s Recompense
  • Hudson River Bracketed
  • The Gods Arrive
  • The Age of Innocence
  • The House of Mirth
  • Ethan Frome
  • Glimpses of the Moon
  • The Custom of the Country
  • Twilight Sleep
  • The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton

Antonia White

  • Frost in May
  • The Lost Traveller
  • The Sugar House
  • Beyond the Glass
  • Strangers
  • As Once in May

Zoe Wicomb

  • You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town

Sherley Anne Williams

  • Dessa Rose

Ellen Wilkinson

  • Clash

Christa Wolf

  • The Quest for Christa T.
  • A Model Childhood
  • Cassandra
  • No Place on Earth

Gamel Woolsey

  • One Way of Love

Joan Wyndham

  • Love Lessons


Anzia Yezierska

  • Hungry Hearts and Other Stories

Charlotte Yonge

  • The Clever Woman of the Family
  • The Daisy Chain

E.H. Young

  • Miss Mole
  • The Misses Mallett
  • Jenny Wren
  • The Curate’s Wife
  • Chatterton Square
  • William
  • Celia
  • The Vicar’s Daughter

Marguerite Yourcenar

  • Dear Departed
  • How Many Years