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Good Evening Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes | Mollie Panter-Downes, Gregory Lestage
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Until now, Mollie Panter-Downes's stories, originally published in The New Yorker, have been unavailable in English. They explore most aspects of British life during WWII in great detail.
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Thanks to @youneverarrived for sending this along to me. So far the stories have been pretty short, so it's nice for dipping in and out of them.

Cathythoughts Great cover 5mo
batsy Happy birthday!! 🎂🎉🎈 5mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! ❤️📚❤️📚 5mo
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quietjenn Thank you so much, friends! Appreciate you both very much 😍 @batsy @LeahBergen 5mo
vivastory Happy Belated Birthday 🎉🎊📚 5mo
quietjenn @vivastory thank you! 5mo
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I started this a while ago and have read a few of the stories but I don‘t think it‘s for me so I‘m bailing. If anybody is interested in reading it let me know and I‘ll happily pass it on ♥️

quietjenn I'm very curious about this! I'm sure I can find something on your tbr, of you wanted to swap. 8mo
BarbaraBB The cover is gorgeous though 😀 8mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB isn‘t it 😍 8mo
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Cathythoughts Yes ! Lovely cover ❤️ 8mo
quietjenn The book arrived today! Thanks so much. Hopefully it will work better for me. 7mo
youneverarrived @quietjenn oh that was quick! I‘m glad it arrived. Hope you enjoy it 💙 7mo
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“All autumn, Mrs Parmenter had run out between the showers and picked the asters, saying brightly that an old woman must be allowed to do something around the house. Opposition would hardly have been hysterical if she had offered to make the beds, but her tastes appeared to be floral." ?

I think I‘m going to enjoy this one after reading a few of its sharp quotes. A favorite seller was offering these up at a steal, so much for #nospendjanuary...

rubyslippersreads Those bookends! 😍📚😍 4y
Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads I saw them at a boutique type shop when my husband and I hadn‘t been dating long and fell In love with them. He surprised me with them for my birthday. That was when I figured he would be fairly supportive of my reading habits.. 😂 He didn‘t know then what he was getting into. 4y
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Leftcoastzen Absolutely love those bookends! Is it the ultimate irony that most Littens don‘t need them as our shelves are packed , double and triple parked? 4y
Mdargusch I need those bookends! And you‘re right @Leftcoastzen - I have bookends and can‘t use them. There‘s no room! 4y
kspenmoll Those bookends! 4y
Jess_Read_This @Leftcoastzen @Mdargusch Isn‘t that the truth! I own two sets of bookends and they are for show with certain book sets bc all my other books are double stacked on my shelves! #bookishproblems (edited) 4y
Jess_Read_This @kspenmoll I just love them! They are pretty solid too! 4y
SilversReviews Love the bookends!! 4y
Wife 😍 4y
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Revisiting these superb short stories: scenes from the Home Front in WW II, told with heart, wit, and style.

(The title shown is “Literary Scandal at the Sewing Party.”)

MrBook 😻😻😻 4y
SusanInTiburon @MrBook that‘s Yuki — she‘s the opposite of Coale 😄 (edited) 4y
Zelma That sounds excellent! 4y
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#MayBookFlowers Day 17 - Obsession

I guess you could say I have a mild #persephone obsession...

Jess_Read_This 💕😍💕 I love this! 5y
writerlibrarian Lovely obsession. 🙂👍🏻 5y
KarenUK 😍😍😍 5y
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Redy2trvl Beautiful!!! So jealous! 5y
Bambolina_81 I adore Persephone, what a beautiful collection 😍 5y
Reviewsbylola Great collection! 5y
Nat_Reads Those are beautiful 5y
Verity I have a big old stack of Persephones too - including The Shuttle. They're so good. 5y
EvieBee 😻😻😻😻 5y
LeahBergen Me, too! 😍 5y
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#recommendsday - This collection of 21 short stories, written during WW2, gives readers a sense of what life was like for the older men, children, wives, mistresses, and others who remained on the Home Front and had to deal with the fear, loss, frustration, and inconveniences of war. The writing is beautifully crafted and moves effortlessly from humor to sadness to longing and beyond. Highly recommended!


MrBook Nice! 5y
quirkyreader Don't forget to add the #PersephoneBooks tag. We need to show people how brilliant these editions are. 🐸🐙 5y
BooksForYears Thanks for the reminder, @quirkyreader 👍 5y
LeahBergen I love Persephone Books (and this is in my TBR pile!) 5y
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This is now tied with The Redemption of Galen Pike for my favorite collection of short stories ever. The writing is amazing and they evoke an incredible sense of time and mood. Even though many of them are dark, they were still like comfort food to me because I disappeared into the author's world

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Subway reading!

MrBook Love this cover. 5y
accordingtotig Isn't it great!?! 5y
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