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Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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This charming, timeless classic about a family of five setting out on their annual seaside vacation is "the most uplifting, life-affirming novel I can think of...the beautiful dignity to be found in everyday living has rarely been captured more delicately" (Kazuo Ishiguro). Meet the Stevens family, as they prepare to embark on their yearly holiday to the coast of England. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens first made the trip to Bognor Regis on their honeymoon, and the tradition has continued ever since. They stay in the same guest house and follow the same carefully honed schedule--now accompanied by their three children, twenty-year-old Mary, seventeen-year-old Dick, and little brother Ernie. Arriving in Bognor they head to Seaview, the guesthouse where they stay every year. It's a bit shabbier than it once was--the landlord has died and his wife is struggling as the number of guests dwindles every year. But the family finds bliss in booking a slightly bigger cabana, with a balcony, and in their rediscovery of the familiar places they visit every year. Mr. Stevens goes on his annual walk across the downs, reflecting on his life, his worries and disappointments, and returns refreshed. Mrs. Stevens treasures an hour spent sitting alone with her medicinal glass of port. Mary has her first small taste of romance. And Dick pulls himself out of the malaise he's sunk into since graduation, resolving to work towards a new career. The Stevenses savor every moment of their holiday, aware that things may not be the same next year. Delightfully nostalgic and soothing, The Fortnight in September is an extraordinary novel about ordinary people enjoying life's simple pleasures.
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Book 1 of a new year is always fun and I finished this much loved persephone yesterday. The gentle tale of the Stevens family who set out on their much anticipated annual holiday to Bognor. The issues for each member are timeless as we learn of lost ambition , a marriage that has changed over time, and the changes in nearly adult children. There is so much in this book about pre ww1 society and it was a lovely start to the year.

LeahBergen Great review! “Lovely” is the perfect description for this book. 🥰 1mo
Tamra I loved this one! 1mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Tamra 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have this one and I‘m looking forward to it. 1mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts think you will enjoy it Cathy. 1mo
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A seemingly simple story of a family‘s annual holiday to the seaside, wrapped in a melancholy blanket. A novel of expectations - for ourselves and others, & what happens when they aren‘t met. Do we become disillusioned and bitter, or do we resolve to carry on and make the most of it? Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen Lovely review! 5mo
Ruthiella Love that cover! This is also one of my favorites. Such a gentle story. 5mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thank you! 😊 5mo
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MaureenMc @Ruthiella Yes, I love this cover. 🥰 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I really want to read this one 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
Cathythoughts And fab pic 💫 5mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😊 5mo
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Are you a Seasonal Reader?

I am, but Sep is always a bit of a conundrum. Usually have several Summer Reads I'm trying to finish over LDWknd.

Technically today is the start of #meteorologicalautumn the Autumnal Equinox isn't until Sep 22nd. Still feels like Summer here in Oklahoma.

Do I continue w/ Summer Reading or swap to Spooky Stories?

#MountTBR says I should continue w/ Summer Reading & wait for Oct to start fall reads 🍂🍁🎃🧛‍♀️👻

Ruthiella I don‘t think I am a seasonal reader at all. I do occasionally aim at least to read spooky books in October, but I usually fail even at that! 😂 5mo
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What a treat. I enjoyed spending my time with the Stevens family for a relaxing seaside holiday in Bognor Regis. It‘s refreshing to read about this close-knit, lower middle class family‘s enjoyment of simple pleasures; their emotions and thoughts; and quiet struggles. It may lack in plot, but there‘s beauty in the writing which is subtle, leisurely, and perceptive. And this cover! 😍Wish I own a physical copy.

merelybookish Great review! 9mo
LeahBergen Lovely review of a wonderful book. ❤️ 9mo
EvieBee Awesome review! 9mo
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batsy Sounds like a lovely comfort read ❤️ 9mo
Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! 😁 9mo
JamieArc I‘ve been eyeing this book for a while. I need to make it one of my summer reads ❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m so looking forward to this one Jessie 👍🏻💕 9mo
BarbaraBB I just read this book too and enjoyed it enormously as well! 9mo
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I feel irrationally guilty for giving this a so-so rating. I listened to the audiobook and while I can say that I liked it, not much happens and it was hard for me to stay completely focused while listening. I think it would probably be better to read the physical book. But the narrator was good and it‘s a lovely little book about a family going for their annual seaside vacation in England shortly after WWI. I actually really started to like ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 The book and the characters more in the last two hours. Like I said, I think this one would come off better with the physical book. 3.5 ⭐️ I so wish and hope Goodreads will finally implement half stars at some point in the near future! #audiobook #historicalfiction (edited) 11mo
JenlovesJT47 P.S. I had to delete my earlier post on this because I realized I had my review attached to the wrong book! 🤦🏻‍♀️😬🙊 11mo
marleed I loved this book but I know I was aided by reading about when and how it was written before reading the story. 11mo
JenlovesJT47 @marleed I‘m glad you enjoyed it! I started really getting into it in the end and I might read it with my eyeballs one day. I think books without a lot of dialogue don‘t translate so well via audiobook and it‘s so easy to get distracted. But even when I was distracted it had a very soothing easy listening quality. Half stars need to be a thing so bad on Goodreads! 11mo
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Reading this was like sifting through the contents of a time capsule. I was fascinated by the timeless human emotions and experiences (almost 100 yr old book), but how other parts felt very dated. But then I wondered if the female characters were based on outdated stereotypes, or just the result of being written by a male author who assumed that‘s how women would process experiences. Or maybe both. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Hooked_on_books Sounds interesting. I love the cover! 11mo
Tamra Loved this one! 11mo
marleed Isn‘t it just a beautiful book! I really do think the reading experience is enhanced by knowing the how and when this book was written going into the story. Here‘s what I played on repeat while reading! https://youtu.be/K32a9bM0tcI 11mo
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📖 2/8/22 || Uncomplicated | Nostalgic | Charming
I‘m so glad I didn‘t wait until September to read this! Written in 1931, this is gentle read about a family who goes to the sea for their annual holiday. It is intentionally a slower-paced story of an uncomplicated family. “Toward sunset they strolled quietly back, their shadows stretching out before them, a long way over the sands.”

marleed I love this book. It just celebrates life in a particular time and place. 12mo
Kristin_Reads @marleed Yes! I whole-heartedly agree! 11mo
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Don‘t you just love book mail?! I had a book buying binge last week and three of five are here. Can‘t wait to dive in!

marleed I listened to the fortnight in September last September and loved it. I think I might need to own the book - and that lovely cover! 12mo
Kristin_Reads @marleed Ooh! Good to know! I fell for the cover, too. Persephone Books also has a beautiful edition. 12mo
marleed I do think it helps to read about the author and how this book was written before reading the book. It makes you appreciate the story and its pace all the more! 12mo
Kristin_Reads @marleed Totally agreed… I read that he had thought about writing this novel when he was in WWI and longing for a normal “uncomplicated” vacation at the beach. https://persephonebooks.co.uk/products/the-fortnight-in-september 12mo
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This novel is about the freedom of mind & spirit that blooms when one is not working. In this case it‘s a family in what is probably their last family vacay in 1931 England. It‘s not for everyone, but it has earned space on my shelf. This novel shows that the person next to you isn‘t processing the “same” scene the same way you are. For ex, the mother thinks the daughter has found a new boyfriend, but she‘s actually discovered a new way of life.

marleed I loved this book. It felt the original publication date but at the same time it felt relevant to today. And that cover! 14mo
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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! 1y
Ruthiella I loved this book! ❤️ 1y
LeahBergen I loved it. 😍 1y
TrishB Sounds lovely and relaxing. 1y
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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. 😍 1y
sisilia I loved loved this one 💕 1y
marleed Isn‘t just a gentle cup of tea! 1y
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LeahBergen Yes! ❤️❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts I have it stacked! Such great reviews 1y
Tamra 💚 Lovely life reflections in it! 1y
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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 ❤️ 1y
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. 1y
Andrea313 I loved this, too, and I think "lovely" is the perfect descriptor! ♥️ 1y
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Cathythoughts I thought I had stacked it 🤔stacking now 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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! 1y
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! 1y
Cathythoughts Oh no ! Try To Remember… what a hauntingly beautiful song 🎶 1y
marleed @Cathythoughts It seemed the perfect background music for this book - Alexa plays the Josh Grobin version :) 1y
LeslieO I bought it immediately after seeing it here but haven‘t read it yet. Now I have to wait until next September! 1y
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! 1y
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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

Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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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! 💫 1y
Tamra @catebutler 💜 it‘s lovely. 1y
Ruthiella I love that cover! 😍 I read and loved this a few years ago and should really re-read it... 1y
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Tamra @Ruthiella it‘s certainly has the substance for a reread! 😁 1y
BarbaraBB I just bought this book and I loved Remains of the Day so I should be fine! 1y
LeahBergen Ah, true! Definitely Remains of the Day vibes. 👌 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ stacked already 1y
batsy Seen so many positive reviews of this lately and I'm *itching* to order it 😆 1y
Tamra @BarbaraBB I think you‘ll like it! 😊 1y
Tamra @LeahBergen surprising how much so - have to wonder if Ishiguro was familiar with it before writing Remains. 🤔 1y
Tamra @batsy you won‘t regret scratching that itch! 😌 1y
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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! 👌 1y
Ruthiella I absolutely love this book too. ❤️ 1y
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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. 😋 1y
catebutler Very true! It‘s always nice when bananas are just too ripe for anything else. ☺️ 1y
AmyG My favorite. Yum. 1y
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catebutler @AmyG I wish I could send you a slice. 🥰 1y
MoonWitch94 Yummy! 1y
AmyG I wish that more. Ha! 1y
BookBabe Yum, banana bread 😋 hooray for #audiobaking! 14mo
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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. 🤞 1y
Tamra @LeahBergen I believe I will - already several quotable passages. 😄 1y
Cathythoughts Well if you two are giving it the thumbs up , I‘m stacking 👍🏻 @LeahBergen 1y
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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! 1y
sisilia @LeslieO I keep looking at it 😆 1y
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! 1y
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sisilia @LeslieO I just googled it. How interesting 😍 1y
LeslieO @sisilia So since I have Amazon point so I just bought it! Thanks for the recommendation! 1y
sisilia @LeslieO Lovely! I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I do 🥰 1y
Tamra I just ordered it! ☺️ 1y
EvieBee Me too! 1y
BarbaraBB This book has just been “rediscovered” in my country thanks to a Dutch translation. So I bought a copy. Looking forward to it! 1y
sisilia @BarbaraBB That‘s great! I want to see the cover design 😍 1y
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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! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1y
MidnightBookGirl Love that cover! 1y
batsy I've heard so many good things about this! 1y
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Tamra That is a fantastic cover! 1y
AlaMich Just put this beauty in my cart! 1y
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). 1y
LeahBergen I adored this book! ❤️❤️ 1y
sisilia @DivineDiana Yes, arrived in time for this month‘s read 🥰 1y
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 1y
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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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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️📚 2y
LeslieO Love that cover! 2y
Andrea313 @LeslieO Same here! My copy is the standard Persephone grey, and even though I do love that look, I covet this gorgeous cover! 2y
Eggs Cover Love 👏🏻🌊📚 2y
LeahBergen This is a lovely read. ❤️ 2y
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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!!! 🏖📚💛 2y
TheKidUpstairs Three cheers for books that make you happy! 2y
LeahBergen I love this book 💗 2y
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Cathythoughts Great picture ❤️ 2y
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Finding happy books will make the prompts that much more challenging. But I‘m up for it. 😀 (edited) 2y
Ruthiella @LeahBergen It‘s such a lovely, gentle story. ❤️ 2y
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks! ☺️ 2y
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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. ❤️ 3y
Ruthiella @LeahBergen It was my first Persephone! What a winner! 😍 3y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️⛵️🍉 I have to check out that book. 3y
Klou You're welcome!! ❤ 3y
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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! 3y
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thank you 😊 3y
Cinfhen I love the graphics xx such a fantastic image 3y
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 3y
rubyslippersreads Adorable photo! 3y
LeahBergen I loved this book! ❤️ 3y
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I figured you‘d loved it since it is a Persephone title!😍 3y
Centique Oh man, an English seaside resort in the 20s - I‘m in! 3y
Ruthiella @Centique It‘s a very sweet book-no drama, just a family‘s realization that it‘s their last summer as such. 😍 3y
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“Unused face”. 😂😂😂

AlaMich 😂😂😂😂 4y
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 4y
DeborahSmall 😂😂 4y
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readordierachel A "large amount" of it too ?? 4y
Suet624 Another face on the back of his neck! (edited) 4y
rubyslippersreads @Suet624 Isn‘t that rather Harry Potterish? 😂 4y
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. 😊 4y
Cathythoughts Email : cathyomah@eircom.net 4y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Oh, you are so sweet! Thank you! I just sent you an email. 😘😘 4y
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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. 4y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola I like that you‘re only “pretty sure”. 😂😂 4y
Reviewsbylola It‘s hard when they all have the same covers. 😂 I for sure bought a duplicate when I visited the shop. 4y
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LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola And a lot of them sound like they‘re about the same thing. 😆 4y
LauraBeth I would like for you to host a podcast called Persephone With Tea. ☕️ 4y
Desha Such a beautiful picture! 💖 4y
LeahBergen @Desha Thank you! 😘 4y
Mdargusch That book and that China! 😻😻😻 4y
britt_brooke So pretty! 4y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous! 4y
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 4y
Louise Yes! This photo says so much! 4y
LeahBergen @Mdargusch I sometimes remember not to reach for a mug when I make tea. 😆 4y
Cathythoughts Great choice... exactly for that title ❤️ 4y
rubyslippersreads @LauraBeth I‘d listen to that podcast. 😊 4y
DeborahSmall I love the cup and saucer 💕 4y
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