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Virginia Ironside - Author

About the Author

Virginia Ironside is a journalist, agony aunt and author, and a creator of the onewoman show The Virginia Monologues. She lives in London and has one son and two grandsons.

Featured books by Virginia Ironside

No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses

No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Marie may be 'getting on a bit' but it's certainly not getting her down. Her family around her and a man who loves her means that life is good - but nothing stays the same for long. Marie's golden years are filled with as much drama - love, laughter and tears - as ever. Which just goes to show that getting on a bit does not mean giving up - or even growing up.

Other books by Virginia Ironside

The Huge Bag of Worries

The Huge Bag of Worries

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Board book Release Date: 11/09/2018

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are with her all the time - at school, at home, when she is watching TV and even in the bathroom! Jenny decides they have to go, but who will help her get rid of them? A funny and reassuring look at dealing with worries and anxiety, to be used as a spring board into important conversations with your child.

No, Thanks! I'm Quite Happy Standing! Marie Sharp 4

No, Thanks! I'm Quite Happy Standing! Marie Sharp 4

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Marie is turning 69 this year, but there are no signs of her slowing down - she has a new male lodger (very into conspiracy theories), an intractable iPhone to wrestle with, and a trip to India to plan! As usual the year brings plenty of challenges as well as opportunities. Marie is burgled, which sends the street into uproar. Ex-husand David is still around and getting rather too close for comfort. Marie's cat Pouncer is starting to look rather peaky (her conspiracy-theorist lodger is convinced someone is poisoning him), and probably worst of all, it seems her grandson Gene is getting too old to want to hang out with his granny any more. Maybe learning to graffiti and speak street slang will help win him back? Full of Virginia Ironside's inimitable wit and featuring plenty of popular characters from this series, this is a hilarious and touching look at getting older from one of Britain's best observers of relationships.

Yes! I Can Manage, Thank You! Marie Sharp 3

Yes! I Can Manage, Thank You! Marie Sharp 3

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Another year, another January, and Marie Sharp has written a new diary, dishing the dirt on how the cool grannies live today. And her drug cravings aren't the half of it. There's the handsome stranger who arrives as her new lodger. Is he all that he seems? There's the new project - teaching art at a school, now that her grandchild-minding days are numbered. Not to mention the mad dog and the crazy new neighbour. And then there's the lump, a frightening symptom of... what? Marie is back, courting laughter and disaster in equal measure. In her own inimitable style, she's getting older... and loving every minute of it.

Janey and Me

Janey and Me

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2014

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.

No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses

No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Marie may be 'getting on a bit' but it's certainly not getting her down. Her family around her and a man who loves her means that life is good - but nothing stays the same for long. Marie's golden years are filled with as much drama - love, laughter and tears - as ever. Which just goes to show that getting on a bit does not mean giving up - or even growing up.

Made for Each Other

Made for Each Other

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2014

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.

Distant Sunset

Distant Sunset

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

'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.

Chelsea Bird

Chelsea Bird

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

The debut novel of acclaimed writer Virginia Ironside, author of No, I Don't Want to join a Bookclub, originally published in 1964, when she was aged just twenty. London, 1960s. A cultural revolution is taking place. Young people are finally being seen as a force to be reckoned with. But for eighteen-year-old art student Harriet and her Chelsea friends, this amounts to one thing: being'In'. The King's Road swarms with people wanting to see and be seen; upper-class boys with faux cockney accents party with models, beatniks and photographers; teddy boys are good people to nod to in the street; transport caffs are the must-go places for food, and black men have suddenly become the people to know. Through Harriet's eyes, Virginia Ironside paints a witty, tongue-in-cheek portrait of life in 1960's London that will strike a nostalgic chord with all those who were there, and make all those who weren't wish they had been.

The Huge Bag of Worries Big Book

The Huge Bag of Worries Big Book

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2011

'This book can be read millions of times when you are worried.' - Books for Keeps A big book edition of the compelling and bestselling picture book which can be used as a spring board into what worries children today - perfect for the classroom. Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her? The Huge Bag of Worries was written by Virginia Ironside, one of Britain's leading agony aunts, and has sold 140k copies to date.

The Virginia Monologues Why Growing Old is Great

The Virginia Monologues Why Growing Old is Great

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Getting old? Get over it! For too long those in short skirts have been telling us oldies we don't matter: 'you're out of touch! Get out of the way, grandma! The next generation is coming through.' Well, enough is enough. Because getting old is great. For a start you no longer need to care what anyone thinks. You can let - if you've got any left - your hair down. No one will tell you off for grumbling. And no one minds if you forget (or pretend to forget) who you're talking to. Being rude has never been so easy - or liberating. And that's not all you can get away with now that you've seen it all (and done most of it) . . . Let Virginia Ironside take you through the top twenty reasons why getting old is good for you - and let the young and dumb keep their callow youth!

No! I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub

No! I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

Too young to get whisked away by a Stannah Stairlift, or to enjoy the luxury of a walk-in bath (but not so much that she doesn't enjoy comfortable shoes), Marie is all the same getting on in years - and she's thrilled about it. She's a bit preoccupied about whether to give up sex - Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! - but there are compensations, like falling in love with her baby grandson, and maybe falling in love with someone else too? Curmudgeonly, acute, touching and funny, this diary is what happens when grumply old women meet Bridget Jones.

No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club

No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2007

Unabridged CDs - 6 CDs, 8 hours An unexpected delight of a novel about letting go of youth and rejoicing in being the sassy curmudgeon you've become!

'You'll Get Over It' The Rage of Bereavement

'You'll Get Over It' The Rage of Bereavement

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/1997

The death of a loved one is the most traumatic experience any of us face. No two people cope with it the same way: some cry while others remain dry-eyed; some discover growth through pain, others find arid wastes; some feel angry, others feel numb. Virginia Ironside deals with this complicated and sensitive issue with great frankness and insight, drawing on other's people's accounts as well as her own experiences.

The Huge Bag of Worries

The Huge Bag of Worries

Author: Virginia Ironside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/1996

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are with her all the time - at school, at home, when she is watching TV and even in the bathroom! Jenny decides they have to go, but who will help her get rid of them? A funny and reassuring look at dealing with worries and anxiety, to be used as a spring board into important conversations with your child.

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