Virago Modern Classics were only the beginning…

… I discovered them young and they took my reading in all kinds of wonderful directions.

I was going to write about those directions at some length tonight to round off Virago Reading Week, but my head is in the wrong place. The week ahead is going to be the most difficult of my professional life, and there may be major decisions and major changes, but a lot hinges on one crucial meeting and I really don’t know what the outcome will be.

So please forgive me if my posting is erratic for while, if I am slow responding to comments and messages, and if I am out and about visiting other blogs less than usual.

I need to rebalance my life.

That Virago post will happen one day when my mind is less cluttered, when I need an escape …

15 responses

  1. What a wonderful picture! I’m so excited to keep exploring with Virago authors and looking forward to all the wonderful places they take me too. Have a good week, Jane (I know I’m going to need to take some time away from blogging next week too!) and I’ll look forward to when you can write more about this.

  2. All the best to you, Jane! Hoping that whatever is causing you unrest will soon be behind you with a resolution that makes you happy.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Viragos and how wonderful that you discovered them early on. I have come to it all a bit later and have so much to discover…it’s all good isn’t it.

  3. Jane thank you for getting involved and writing such lovely posts despite your personal struggles. Hope all goes as well as it can possibly go this week and that a solution you find peace with comes to pass. I look forward to reading your thoughts another time.

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  5. Best wishes, Jane.

    Viragos are completely new to me. I don’t know if it’s because we don’t have them in Australia, or if it’s because I only frequent secondhand bookshops in search of Penguins, and so have never seen them. Persephones I only know serendipitously. I was having coffee alone at a toy museum in Bethnal Green and a lady joined me and showed me the beautiful books she had come to London to buy. I don’t think we have them in Australia either.

    But it has been wonderful to be introduced to these writers and these books with which I am unfamiliar. I worry, though, that with the Penguins alone I have my reading sorted out for the rest of my life.

    • Karyn, there is an Australian lady on LibraryThing who has the full set of Virago Modern Classics and a few other collectors too, so the books are gettable but maybe not so easily. But there are a good few Virago authors on your Penguin list – I’ll pull out a list sometime – and thatg on its own will bring you a great range of writing.

  6. Jane, thank you so much for your wonderful contributions for Virago Reading Week and the lovely montage of Virago covers above. I hope that all goes smoothly for you in the weeks to come and that you may find balance in your days. A lick and a wag from Briar is always healing!

  7. What a gorgeous montage of covers. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the Viragos and reading about your love of them, this week and in your earlier posts too.

    Wishing you the very best this week and I look forward to more of your lovely posts soon.

  8. Thank you for all the kind and thoughtful words. They really do make a difference. I have survived the meeting but things aren’t any easier. Time, I think, to polish up my cv and look for something else.

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