Carmen Callil founded Virago Press in 1972. At Virago, amongst other business and editorial aspects of the company, she was responsible for the creation and development of the Virago Modern Classics list.
Secrets and Lies
In the 1960s Carmen Callil visited the psychiatrist Anne Darquier and they forged a close bond, tragically broken when Anne committed suicide. Years later, Carmen discovered that Anne’s father was Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, a Nazi collaborator and a con man who had abandoned his daughter at birth. She told their story in Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland.
Carmen Callil spoke to leading historian of France, Julian Jackson, about the man who sent over...
Peter Conradi’s ‘masterpiece’ of a memoir ranges from his European Jewish forebears who came to Britain in the Victorian era to novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, whose biography Conradi wrote. He writes movingly of their close relationship, of his public school and life on a kibbutz, of participating in the early years of gay rights, and becoming a writer.