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The Fortnight in September | R. C. Sherriff
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English family of five spends vacation at the seashore.
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I'm so enjoying this. It's such a simple story, a family goes to the seaside for their annual holiday. But you also get to see all their little worries and small satisfactions and joys. It's quite charming and a perfect Sunday night read

squirrelbrain Sounds delightful! 4w
Ruthiella I loved this book! ❤️ 4w
LeahBergen I loved it. 😍 4w
TrishB Sounds lovely and relaxing. 4w
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Well, I didn't quite manage it in September, as intended, but y'all were so right about this one. Very charming.

Ruthiella Just lovely, regardless of in which month you read it. 😍 2mo
sisilia I loved loved this one 💕 2mo
marleed Isn‘t just a gentle cup of tea! 2mo
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LeahBergen Yes! ❤️❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts I have it stacked! Such great reviews 2mo
Tamra 💚 Lovely life reflections in it! 2mo
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4⭐️ I really appreciate this novel for giving me the chance to go for a holiday with the Stevenses. I like how we are not just being presented with a typical holiday story; we get to know each member of the family, too. The anxiety, the unhappiness (and happiness), the solitude, the loneliness, etc — pretty much all the familiar emotions. This makes the novel very relatable to those with mundane, normal lives

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I saw a post of this book on Litsy a couple weeks back and was drawn to close out my September reading with this story. I couldn‘t resist a book republished for its 90th Anniversary - and originally published exactly as it was written.
I‘m not sure I‘ve ever described a book as lovely, but that‘s what this is. It celebrates an ordinary, uncomplicated, and undramatic family in such a charming manner.

Cathythoughts Lovely charming review ❤️ 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts It‘s just so sweet. I stopped a few chapters in to a bit of research on what I was reading and that made me appreciate it all the more. 90 years ago, the author having suffered literary rejection watched families on a beach in England and imagined their lives. She sat down each evening without an outline and just let her imagined family move about it‘s day. And this sweet book was its result. 2mo
Andrea313 I loved this, too, and I think "lovely" is the perfect descriptor! ♥️ 2mo
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Cathythoughts I thought I had stacked it 🤔stacking now 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts Oh I wonder if you have it stacked under the tagged. Litsy has it both ways but they post the book‘s new cover with the title sans ‘the‘ - so I went with the option that carried the cover! 2mo
marleed @Andrea313 I agree. I also had to ask Alexa to play Try to Remember in the background- in the hopes I‘d quit humming this tune as I read! 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh no ! Try To Remember… what a hauntingly beautiful song 🎶 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts It seemed the perfect background music for this book - Alexa plays the Josh Grobin version :) 2mo
LeslieO I bought it immediately after seeing it here but haven‘t read it yet. Now I have to wait until next September! 2mo
marleed @LeslieO Oh, I understand. I had too push one of September reads into October because I knew for me this one would either be now or a year from now! 2mo
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This quote was one of my favorites from the tagged book, and has been rattling around in my mind after a week out of town, straight back to a business trip and then a 12-hour Saturday spent at a work event. Home is the very best place, and I'm so lucky to love mine. It's definitely been calling me during this busy period! #home #PersephonePick

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Really a quietly insightful novel about what it means to anticipate, be on, and return from “holiday.” I will definitely reread which makes it a 5⭐️ book for me. Loved it!

I couldn‘t help but think of Mr. Stevens from Remains of the Day throughout! Not only because of the family name, but it has a similar reflective vibe, period English manners & seaside, blurb by Ishiguro, etc. 😊

catebutler Great review! I‘m currently listening to the audiobook, and so far I‘d have to agree with your rating! 💫 2mo
Tamra @catebutler 💜 it‘s lovely. 2mo
Ruthiella I love that cover! 😍 I read and loved this a few years ago and should really re-read it... 2mo
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Tamra @Ruthiella it‘s certainly has the substance for a reread! 😁 2mo
BarbaraBB I just bought this book and I loved Remains of the Day so I should be fine! 2mo
LeahBergen Ah, true! Definitely Remains of the Day vibes. 👌 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ stacked already 2mo
batsy Seen so many positive reviews of this lately and I'm *itching* to order it 😆 2mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB I think you‘ll like it! 😊 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen surprising how much so - have to wonder if Ishiguro was familiar with it before writing Remains. 🤔 2mo
Tamra @batsy you won‘t regret scratching that itch! 😌 2mo
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Just an absolutely lovely book! Filled with lots of joy and a little bittersweet melancholy, this story of a family's yearly visit to the seaside is going to be a yearly re-read for me. There is so much delightful specificity in the descriptions (of people, emotions, relationships), and so much everyday beauty. This should be your next read! #PersephonePick #Persephone

LeahBergen “Delightful specificity”. Exactly! 👌 2mo
Ruthiella I absolutely love this book too. ❤️ 2mo
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A little audiobook baking on this Sunday afternoon. Ripe bananas🍌called for a quick and simple old fashioned banana bread - (the smell as it baked was heavenly)! ✨ I‘m listening to a wonderful production of the tagged book on BBC Radio 4. I always love reading seasonal books, and a book set in September, neatly ticks this box. If you‘d like a listen, I‘ve included a link to the programme below:


Tamra Always a good day for banana bread. 😋 2mo
catebutler Very true! It‘s always nice when bananas are just too ripe for anything else. ☺️ 2mo
AmyG My favorite. Yum. 2mo
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catebutler @AmyG I wish I could send you a slice. 🥰 2mo
MoonWitch94 Yummy! 2mo
AmyG I wish that more. Ha! 2mo
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Apropos to the calendar. 😊

Strong black tea is called for this morning for lack of restful sleep. Husband gone overnight for a gig (jazz bassist), which hasn‘t happened since the pandemic. I see a nap in my future. 😴

LeahBergen I loved this and hope you do, too. 🤞 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I believe I will - already several quotable passages. 😄 2mo
Cathythoughts Well if you two are giving it the thumbs up , I‘m stacking 👍🏻 @LeahBergen 2mo
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Really enjoying this book 🥰 With just a fortnight left in September, I urge you to read this lovely novel, spending quality time with the Stevenses

LeslieO Sounds lovely. And what a beautiful cover! 3mo
sisilia @LeslieO I keep looking at it 😆 3mo
LeslieO @sisilia I just started Florence Adler Swims Forever and it has a similar cover. Features a women in a red suit and swim cap! 3mo
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sisilia @LeslieO I just googled it. How interesting 😍 3mo
LeslieO @sisilia So since I have Amazon point so I just bought it! Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
sisilia @LeslieO Lovely! I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I do 🥰 3mo
Tamra I just ordered it! ☺️ 3mo
EvieBee Me too! 3mo
BarbaraBB This book has just been “rediscovered” in my country thanks to a Dutch translation. So I bought a copy. Looking forward to it! 3mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB That‘s great! I want to see the cover design 😍 3mo
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Just arrived! I waited for this edition because of the cover 😍 Simply gorgeous!

DivineDiana And the perfect time to read it! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3mo
MidnightBookGirl Love that cover! 3mo
batsy I've heard so many good things about this! 3mo
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Tamra That is a fantastic cover! 3mo
AlaMich Just put this beauty in my cart! 3mo
quietjenn Yep! I started reading the ebook I got awhile ago and pretty much decided to wait and buy this edition (although I liked what I read of it). 3mo
LeahBergen I adored this book! ❤️❤️ 3mo
sisilia @DivineDiana Yes, arrived in time for this month‘s read 🥰 3mo
sisilia @MidnightBookGirl @batsy @Tamra @AlaMich @quietjenn @LeahBergen I‘m enjoying the story so far, and of course I keep looking at the cover 😅 It makes me miss Bali soooo much 3mo
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I'm already looking forward to my September#PersephonePick about a family taking a #seashore holiday. Can't wait! #JulyJourneys
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@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️📚 5mo
LeslieO Love that cover! 5mo
Andrea313 @LeslieO Same here! My copy is the standard Persephone grey, and even though I do love that look, I covet this gorgeous cover! 5mo
Eggs Cover Love 👏🏻🌊📚 5mo
LeahBergen This is a lovely read. ❤️ 5mo
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“They had often talked of a change-of Brighton, Bexhill-even Lowestoft-but Bognor always won in the end. If anything it held them stronger every year “

#LitsySpringBreak 🏖 Beach

I‘m only choosing books that make me happy for these prompts! It‘s a vacation, after all!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Exactly!!! 🏖📚💛 9mo
TheKidUpstairs Three cheers for books that make you happy! 9mo
LeahBergen I love this book 💗 9mo
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Cathythoughts Great picture ❤️ 9mo
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Finding happy books will make the prompts that much more challenging. But I‘m up for it. 😀 (edited) 9mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen It‘s such a lovely, gentle story. ❤️ 9mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks! ☺️ 9mo
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Head over to my bookstagram @amythebookdragon to join in on the 1st November!

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🍉 Strawberries are my favorite summer fruit.

📚 The tagged The Fortnight in September- lovely story about a last family vacation in 1930s England.

🐳 From afar, yes to both dolphin and whale sightings.

Thanks for the tag @Klou and @EadieB 😀

LeahBergen I adored the tagged book. ❤️ 1y
Ruthiella @LeahBergen It was my first Persephone! What a winner! 😍 1y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️⛵️🍉 I have to check out that book. 1y
Klou You're welcome!! ❤ 1y
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#withmylittlestickofblackpoolrock was the most difficult prompt! Since Blackpool is a coastal resort town my mind did go to the first Persephone I read which was the tagged book about a family holiday to Bognor in the 1920s. This is a lovely, gentle and melancholic story about a happy family who know this will be the last summer together as the children are now reaching adulthood. Highly recommended!😍


arlenefinnigan Lovely! 2y
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thank you 😊 2y
Cinfhen I love the graphics xx such a fantastic image 2y
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 2y
rubyslippersreads Adorable photo! 2y
LeahBergen I loved this book! ❤️ 2y
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I figured you‘d loved it since it is a Persephone title!😍 2y
Centique Oh man, an English seaside resort in the 20s - I‘m in! 2y
Ruthiella @Centique It‘s a very sweet book-no drama, just a family‘s realization that it‘s their last summer as such. 😍 2y
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“Unused face”. 😂😂😂

AlaMich 😂😂😂😂 3y
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 3y
DeborahSmall 😂😂 3y
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readordierachel A "large amount" of it too ?? 3y
Suet624 Another face on the back of his neck! (edited) 3y
rubyslippersreads @Suet624 Isn‘t that rather Harry Potterish? 😂 3y
Cathythoughts I see it‘s your birthday soon. & I have a book you might like. My email is @cathyomah@eircom.net if you would send me you address, I could post it on. 😊 3y
Cathythoughts Email : cathyomah@eircom.net 3y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Oh, you are so sweet! Thank you! I just sent you an email. 😘😘 3y
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Up next (just because it had September in the title 😆).


Reviewsbylola That‘s as good a reason as ever! Looking forward to your review because I‘m pretty sure I don‘t own this. 3y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola I like that you‘re only “pretty sure”. 😂😂 3y
Reviewsbylola It‘s hard when they all have the same covers. 😂 I for sure bought a duplicate when I visited the shop. 3y
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LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola And a lot of them sound like they‘re about the same thing. 😆 3y
LauraBeth I would like for you to host a podcast called Persephone With Tea. ☕️ 3y
Desha Such a beautiful picture! 💖 3y
LeahBergen @Desha Thank you! 😘 3y
Mdargusch That book and that China! 😻😻😻 3y
britt_brooke So pretty! 3y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous! 3y
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 3y
Louise Yes! This photo says so much! 3y
LeahBergen @Mdargusch I sometimes remember not to reach for a mug when I make tea. 😆 3y
Cathythoughts Great choice... exactly for that title ❤️ 3y
rubyslippersreads @LauraBeth I‘d listen to that podcast. 😊 3y
DeborahSmall I love the cup and saucer 💕 3y
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