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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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Someone else may have already posted this news, but Rupert Heath, founder of Dean Street Press, has passed away.

There‘s more about him, and the future of #FurrowedMiddlebrow books, on the FM blog:


I emailed Rupert about a Susan Scarlett ARC, and he couldn‘t have been nicer and more patient in figuring out the right format for me.


MaureenMc 😞 13mo
Ruthiella That‘s sad to hear. He leaves behind a legacy of wonderful books he helped make available to readers. 13mo
willaful Oh no. I'm sad for everyone's loss and also sad for our loss of FM. 😢 13mo
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jlhammar Oh, how sad. And no more FM reprints to come 😪 13mo
LeahBergen I‘m glad you posted this as I was just about to do it! It‘s so very sad. There will be no more Furrowed Middlebrow books to come but our little club can still work through the 96 that have been printed. I‘ll tag the rest of our club to make sure we all see this: @catebutler @elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This 13mo
CarolynM Thanks for posting @rubyslippersreads and thanks for tagging everyone @LeahBergen I was so sad when I heard the news, first about Amanda and then Rupert. DSP must be a thriving little business. Maybe someone will want to fold it into their little publishing house in due time. We can only hope. 13mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes, I‘m hoping for something like that, too. 😢 13mo
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM @LeahBergen I hope that will happen too. 13mo
batsy Oh no, that is so sad. 54 is way too young. 😞 I'm not sure if he was the one tweeting under the FM account or if he occasionally did but I got the impression of an incredibly nice and approachable person. @CarolynM I hope that it's a possibility. DSP was such a lovely idea and it'll be such a loss without more reprints. 13mo
CarolynM @batsy The FM account is Scott Thompson who wrote the tagged blog post. He's the force behind the FM imprint while Rupert was the publisher. 13mo
batsy @CarolynM Ah, OK! Thank you for clearing that up. 13mo
Kimzey How terribly sad! Thank you for letting us know. 😢 13mo
Cathythoughts So sad. Yes 54 is way too young @batsy. I‘m so glad we are all part of FM and will have read the 96 books @LeahBergen It will be a poignant reading experience now. I hope DSP will continue somehow @CarolynM 13mo
Jess_Read_This It‘s a such a tragedy. I also read Scott‘s post just now that there will be no more Furrowed Middlebrow reprints. 😕 I‘m glad our group will continue reading together though! Thank you for tagging me @LeahBergen 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sad news indeed. Thanks for tagging the FM gang @LeahBergen . I‘m glad to be part of FM club too @Cathythoughts 13mo
Aimeesue Oh, how sad. 13mo
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I thoroughly enjoyed my first Furrowed Middlebrow read. Charming, funny, moving, and filled with wonderful details of life in England following WWII. I was quite taken with the writing; there are some positively striking passages in here. So glad #DeanStreetPress reissued this autobiographical novel for new readers to discover.


Tamra Middlebrow seems such a delightful collection of republications! 😊 2y
batsy Lovely review and I agree about the writing 💜 2y
LeahBergen Great review! 😊 2y
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Ruthiella Excellent review! 👍 2y
Jess_Read_This Great review! I‘ve really enjoyed reading your book quote posts too! 2y
MrsK Great review! Her writing evolved some great visuals…hence our aversion to rats and maggots 😝. 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely review 👍🏻❤️ 2y
jlhammar @Tamra Agreed! I can‘t wait to try others. 2y
jlhammar @batsy @LeahBergen @Ruthiella @Cathythoughts @MrsK @Jess_Read_This Thanks! It has been a lot of fun sharing this reading experience with all of you. Looking forward to Thalia in November! 2y
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Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer | MOLLY. CLAVERING
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@LeahBergen Have you read Molly Clavering?
She was friend and neighbor of DE Stevenson and several of her novels recently came out from #FurrowedMiddleBrow #DeanStreetPress too.

This one is supposedly a thinly veiled portrayal of their friendship. I enjoyed imagining it WAS them!
(The tagged book is the same as the one in my photo)

Leftcoastzen Very cool! 2y
LeahBergen What a great edition! I have this one (under the other title) but haven‘t got to it yet. I ONLY got it this past summer. 🤣 2y
LeahBergen Oh, and I have a couple of the Furrowed Middlebrow editions of her books. One was a Twitter prize and I bought the other that was a sequel to it. 😊 2y
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I look forward to Molly‘s books popping up in #furrowedmiddlebrowclub 😉 2y
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The Stone of Chastity | Margery Sharp
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Reviewing my 2021 reading and found I made a good dent in my #furrowedmiddlebrow TBR stack from #deanstreetpress.
The tagged book was a favorite for sure but they are all fascinating gems in their own ways. So glad these are being regularly reprinted!
And thanks to @Jess_Read_This for enabling me in these purchases and buddyreading many of these with me! Now to check on the titles pubbing in January 2022 because, of course 🤦🏼‍♀️

Jess_Read_This I still need to read 😬 2y
elkeOriginal @Jess_Read_This You do! 😉 It is a fun comedy of errors! (edited) 2y
LeahBergen Have you checked out our #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub on here yet? We read one together every two months and all casually chat about it on here. 😊 2y
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LeahBergen Our January read is 2y
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen OH. Yes, please! Except that will lead to more #bookmail 🤦🏼‍♀️😹 2y
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 I love a good book mail day! We generally start our read sometime in the beginning of the month and aim to talk about it on each other‘s posts starting from around the 15th of the month. It‘s very low key! 2y
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Awesome! Just ordered 2y
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Plus ordered a few others 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
CarolynM Glad to have you on board the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub 🙂 2y
elkeOriginal @CarolynM Happy to find out about the Club! Serendipity 💗 2y
batsy Love that collection 😍 2y
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Village Story: A Novel | Celia Buckmaster
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And my other two purchases from #DeanStreetPress.


Gissy I love that edition. There are a couple of books I want to read in that edition. 4y
Tanisha_A 😍 Beautieeees 4y
Cathythoughts Lovely 💕💕 4y
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batsy So pretty! 4y
MaureenMc I‘m intrigued by one of the blurbs. “Gentle” is my preferred type of malice. 😁 4y
LeahBergen @Gissy They‘ve republished some really lovely oldies. 😊 4y
LeahBergen @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @batsy I always like their cover illustration choices! 4y
LeahBergen @MaureenMc Right?? It‘s sneakier. 😆 4y
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Oops. Book mail!

I bought 4 of the latest batch of #FurrowedMiddlebrow books by #DeanStreetPress (they published 6 but I already owned 2 of them 😆).

Two more in the next post...

Ruthiella So pretty! 😍 4y
Nute Very pretty! 4y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous covers ! I‘ll have to investigate.... 4y
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rockpools How could you not love a book called ‘Much Dithering‘!? 4y
CarolynM These books look so lovely! When am I going to find time for them all? 4y
Centique Oh they‘re delicious looking! 😍 4y
batsy @rockpools So true! 😁 4y
batsy Aah, they do their covers so well! 4y
quietjenn I think I bought most of these releases as well, as ebooks! 4y
LeahBergen @rockpools Right?? And, even better? It‘s the name of the village in this book. 😆 4y
LeahBergen @CarolynM Sigh. I have so many of them still TBR and yet I keep buying more. 😆 4y
LeahBergen @quietjenn Do you follow Dean Street Press on Twitter? They offer one of their releases as a free e-book each week. 😊 4y
quietjenn @LeahBergen oo, no! My Twitter is very neglected but that would be worth paying attention to! 4y
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Miss Mole | Emily Hilda Young
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I‘m currently reading this 1930 oldie that has just been republished by #FurrowedMiddlebrow and #DeanStreetPress today.

Miss Mole has spent 20 years of her life as a companion to old women when she accepts a housekeeper position with a pompous minister and his needy children. I‘m liking Hannah Mole so far; she‘s cheekier and wiser than she lets on and I think she‘ll be turning this house around in no time!

erzascarletbookgasm Oh yes, I saw DSP has reprinted 6 titles this month. This one sounds promising 👍 4y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm It started off a bit slow for me (the first two chapters) but then I very quickly got into it after that. I‘m so looking forward to the other books being published this month! 4y
CarolynM Sounds good. Another one for the stack. 4y
LeahBergen @CarolynM I‘m really warming to Miss Mole! It took me a little while to get into the writing style/subtle humour of this book but it‘s worth it. 4y
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Tom Tiddler's Ground | Ursula Orange
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My current buddy read with @shawnmooney .

Written and set at the beginning of WWII, this is the whimsically humorous story of two women on the Home Front. Caroline, a ‘modern‘ Londoner is evacuated to the countryside and ends up billeting with her (very different) old school chum, Constance.

Both Shawn and I loved this author‘s first novel, Begin Again, and we are already enthralled with this one. 😊


MsMelissa Another book with an awesome cover! One day I‘m going to visit and peruse your books in person 😊 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like a witty read! Also drooling at the others in the background 😍 4y
LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa And you might even like these editions. They‘re not used (vintage). 😂😂 4y
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LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s wonderful so far. 😘 (edited) 4y
batsy Oooh 😍 4y
BookNAround I have this one in my tbr so I‘m glad to hear it‘s good! 4y
CarolynM This is on my #bookspinbingo card this month. Looking forward to reading it, and to your thoughts about it🙂 (edited) 4y
Reviewsbylola Y‘all do so many interesting buddy reads! 4y
LeahBergen @batsy This one‘s calling your name. 😆 4y
LeahBergen @BookNAround I think you‘ll like it! 😘 4y
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oo, I hope you get to it. It has much of the same feel/tone as Begin Again. 😊 4y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola We do! We seem to alternate between oldies like this and royal bios. 😆 4y
Cathythoughts I think I‘ll try that first one first 👍🏻 Begin again ✨📚 4y
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Evenfield | Rachel Ferguson
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Currently reading (and another buddy read with @shawnmooney ❤️).


erzascarletbookgasm I love these Dean Street Press editions. 😍 4y
catebutler Ooh! This one is on my list. Can‘t wait to hear your final thoughts. 4y
batsy I hadn't heard of this one! I'm screaming YESSSS at the description 😆 4y
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802Librarian Nice pencil 😉 4y
rubyslippersreads Is that one of those lovely Blackwing pencils? 4y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I do, too! And I‘ve (shamefully) bought so many of them. 😆 4y
LeahBergen @catebutler It‘s a bit hard-going at first (with a lot of rambling and yet charming memories of the narrator‘s childhood) but then it really picked up for me and I ended up giving it 4 ⭐️s. Have you read anything else by this author? I really enjoyed the quirky and weird 4y
LeahBergen @batsy I think it might be your cup of tea, too (see above comment). 😁 4y
LeahBergen @NHLibrarian @rubyslippersreads Thanks and it is. I actually didn‘t know this one glowed in the dark until I went to sleep with it on my bedside table the other night. 😆 4y
Centique That cover appeals and then your description sealed it! 😍 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Have you read any by Elizabeth Fair and Doris Langley Moore? Which ones should I start with? 4y
LeahBergen @Centique 😘😘 4y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I have all the Elizabeth Fairs but haven‘t read one yet. 😆 I was just looking at them and thinking she‘ll be the next one I try. I just bought a Doris Langley Moore which sounds good (Not At Home) and I have an old hardcover of All Done By Kindness but haven‘t tried this author yet either. Of the ones I HAVE tried... I loved Begin Again by Ursula Orange, Alice by Elizabeth Eliot, the Mrs Tim books by DE Stevenson and 👇🏻 4y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm that‘s all I can think of right at the moment. 😘 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Ooooh, I have Alice and Begin Again on my shelves. I think I got them after seeing your post and Sisilia‘s. And I look forward to your thoughts on Elizabeth Fair. 😊 Thanks for the info. 4y
rubyslippersreads I went to buy this book and realized I had it and several others by Rachel Ferguson on my iPad, due to Dean Street Press giving away a free ebook (almost) every week. 😊 4y
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Bewildering Cares | Winifred Peck
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I‘m currently reading another #FurrowedMiddlebrow book by #DeanStreetPress.

There was a bit too much of the inner workings of the Church of England at the beginning of this novel in diary form (for my taste), but it‘s now shaping up nicely with some witty scenes of 1930s village life. 👍🏻

Aimeesue Furrowed Middlebrow! That name cracks me up every time. 😂 4y
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Me, too. 😆 4y
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