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Virginia Ironside



Virginia Ironside is a journalist, agony aunt and author, and the creator of the one-woman show Growing Old Disgracefully. She lives in West London and has one son and two grandsons.
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No, Thanks! I'm Quite Happy Standing!

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Yes! I Can Manage, Thank You!

Virginia Ironside
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Janey and Me

Virginia Ironside
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Virginia Ironside

Is it every woman's fate to turn into her mother? This is renowned writer and journalist Virginia Ironside's poignant and blackly funny memoir of life with fashion professor and media icon Janey Ironside. Stylish, beautiful and self-loathing, Janey Ironside was to lead a cultural revolution. In 1956 she became Professor of Fashion at the Royal College of Art, then an extraordinary appointment for a young mother. Discovering and promoting designers like Ossie Clark and Bill Gibb, she changed the way people dressed around the world and herself became a fashion icon. Yet the qualities that made her great - wit, talent and drive - did not bring happiness to either her or her family. Having grown up in colonial India, Janey suffered a painful childhood separation from her parents. She married dashing artist Christopher Ironside, but eking out wartime rations ill-suited a woman whose idea of divine punishment was 'to spend eternity washing up.' Dress-making soon filled the void, while her daughter Virginia endured a string of au pairs, embarrassing outfits and acute loneliness. As Virginia fought to be her own person, plunging into the swing of the sixties as a rock journalist, she was caught between a father she adored and a mother bent on self-destruction. Now a renowned writer, she has drawn a startling portrait of a gifted woman in a time of extraordinary change. Blackly comic, beautifully written and deeply moving, JANEY AND ME reflects the universal struggle to emerge from our parents' shadow.

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Made for Each Other

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I destroy everything I touch... don't let me destroy you. When two strangers meet in a bank one day, sparks fly. Both are emotionally unstable but neither can resist the other and they embark on a passionate love affair. The constant threat of being torn apart by another woman does nothing to stifle the attraction between these lovers, only fuelling an obsessive relationship. As their lives become increasingly tangled, they realise their desire is both destructive and insatiable. From acclaimed author Virginia Ironside, a provocative and sensual novel about obsessive love.

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A Distant Sunset

Virginia Ironside
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'We are married now,' said Richard softly. 'We may not be married in a church and you may not have taken my name, but here... here we are married.' 19th century Devon. On the day Richard Applevale leaves for India, Elizabeth Shawcross gives herself to him, secure in the knowledge that he loves her, and that he will one day return to make her his wife. But Elizabeth soon finds herself pregnant with the child of a man she fears she will never see again, for she has heard nothing from India. Heart-broken and terrified of what will become of her and her child, she is forced to wed the arrogant Mr Whittle. With him she travels to the subcontinent, where she is confronted with her former lover. But once again, Richard and Lizzie are kept apart by circumstances out of their control. From acclaimed author Virginia Ironside, A Distant Sunset is a classic tale of adventure and romance.

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Chelsea Bird

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No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses

Virginia Ironside
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