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Christopher and Columbus | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas, 17-year-old orphaned twins, are shipped off to America at the onset of WW1 as they are half-German and their patriotic English guardians are reluctant to give them a home.

I‘m increasingly becoming a big von Arnim fan and this 1919 novel is blurbed as “sparklingly witty and romantic”; how could I resist? 😀

rubyslippersreads This sounds wonderful! 2d
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I‘m thinking this is very much a “you” book! The twins are naive and slightly dim and this whole first section on the ocean liner is giving me Betsy vibes. 2d
Suet624 I love that term “dim” for some reason. 2d
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LeahBergen @Suet624 I do, too. It‘s said with more affection than “stupid”. 😆 1d
BarbaraBB I only read one book by her but loved it 1d
shawnmooney “Sparklingly witty” not only sounds like a Leah book but gosh it sounds like @LeahBergen herself! 😍😍🤪🤪 1d
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Wasn‘t that a lovely book? You should try this one published by #PersephoneBooks (it was wonderful!): 1d
LeahBergen @shawnmooney See? That‘s exactly why you‘re my “Japanese Boyfriend”. 😆😘😘 1d
BarbaraBB Thanks Leah, I have stacked it immediately! 1d
elkeOriginal Oh, this sounds good 22h
Cathythoughts And stacked , Thankyou Leah ❤️ 7h
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Mariana | Monica Dickens, Harriet Lane
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This is one of the few #PersephoneBooks I have with the color cover instead of dove grey - on purpose.
I just love this cover.
And want to get to know these people.
So now it is time to finally read it for #PersephonePick with my #buddyread partners. We will post here as usual, but will be testing out the #StoryGraph buddyread feature.
We will report back on how it goes!

Mitch That‘s such a beautiful cover. 1w
Ruthiella I have that cover too. 😃 1w
LeahBergen I love this cover, too. I have several of the Persephone Classic editions, instead of the dove grey, just cuz they‘re so beautiful! 1w
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Kimzey I‘ve see Litsy posts of Persephone books with grey covers. What‘s the story with the uniform book covers? Is it an option? The norm? Why? Just curious. 1w
elkeOriginal @Kimzey @LeahBergen can correct me but the dove grey covers are the more common covers for Persephone books. I just googled and it seems the publisher did this because she ‘likes grey‘. But more recently they began publishing their Classics line of bestsellers with color covers. They say these are more ‘bookshop-friendly‘ editions. And because these color versions do not have the full color endpapers or matching bookmark, they cost a few £s less. (edited) 1w
Kimzey @elkeOriginal Thanks, Good to know. I‘ll go to their website for more info. 1w
elkeOriginal @Kimzey For reference: they have more than 140 titles in the grey covers vs 14 of the color Classics. Grey is the standard by far! 1w
Andrea313 Yay, I'm so excited to see what you all think of Mariana! And curious about feedback on the Storygraph feature, too. ❤️ 1w
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I‘ve decided on my first #PersephonePick of the year!

This social history looks at the everyday domestic life of a couple in 19th century Chelsea, from servant problems to noisy neighbours and beyond.

@Andrea313 @quietjenn @KristiAhlers @Ruthiella @AnneCecilie @elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads


Read-y_Picker Leah I‘m just constantly in awe of your collections. 1w
vivastory I'd be curious to know what some of your favorite Persephone titles are 1w
quietjenn Oh, I don't know this one at all, so will look forward to what you think of it! 1w
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BkClubCare I just requested a Persephone from my library‘s ILL! Was SO excited. (A Dorothy Whipple) BEAUTIFUL collection 1w
LeahBergen @Read-y_Picker Aww! Thank you. 😘 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory Now THAT‘S a loaded question. How long do you have? 😆 They‘re all very much forgotten, mid 20th century novels by women so I‘m not sure how many would fall into your wheelhouse? Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple, Expiation by Elizabeth von Arnim, Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton - I think you might like these. I also think you may like the weirdness of The Victorian Chaise-Lounge by Marghanita Laski. ⬇️ 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory You might also like Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson … for a little life-affirming 1930s bonkerness 😆 1w
LeahBergen @quietjenn It seems pretty captivating so far! Well… at only 20 pages in. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @BkClubCare Thank you! I love Dorothy Whipple. 😊 1w
vivastory Thanks for the recommendations! They sound great & I have added them all to my TBR. I will let you know my thoughts when I get around to them! 1w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen @vivastory Victorian Chaise-Longue is SO weird and SO good! I feel like everyone (rightly!) starts with Miss Pettigrew. Miss Buncle‘s Book is a favorite as well. Miss Ranskill is also odd and very good! So many ‘Miss‘ titles 🤦🏼‍♀️😹 1w
elkeOriginal That photo. That shelf. I am swooning. @Jess_Read_This - check out Leah‘s Persephone shelf! 1w
vivastory @elkeOriginal That one sounds good! Adding to my list. I thought this one sounded interesting too 1w
vivastory I see that @Megabooks & @BarbaraBB enjoyed this one 👆Will 💯 be ordering it 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory Oh! I forgot The Blank Wall! It‘s a fun noir read. 👍 1w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal 😆 Thank you! And yes, so many “Miss” titles. 🤔 Miss Buncle‘s Book is very much a favourite of mine. 1w
Cathythoughts Lovely 💫 lovely 💫 lovely 💫. I have Miss Buncle ...I must try to read this year 1w
CarolynM Have you been to Carlyle's house? It's interesting in its own right, but also a great excuse to get inside a house on Cheyne Walk. 1w
batsy Oooh, that collection 😍 I've not heard of this one and it sounds really good! 1w
Megabooks I need to get around to Miss Buncle, and I 💯 think you‘ll like The Blank Wall @vivastory . It had some elements that reminded me of The True Deceiver. (Noir, unexpected behavior by/deception of characters, the feeling of being “closed in” to a certain path once they start, but TBW is…louder. It doesn‘t have that Scandinavian feel. It is very much mid-20th century American.) 1w
BarbaraBB This is so gorgeous Leah!! Throwing in my favorite , you might like it @vivastory 1w
Jess_Read_This Love your shelf and pick! And this thread is amazing (and budget breaking) on the titles being shared! 😆 1w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll really enjoy it. 😊 1w
LeahBergen @CarolynM I haven‘t! I was just Googling photos of it last night while I was reading. Next time I‘m in London! 🤞 1w
LeahBergen @batsy I‘ve fallen down the rabbit hole of Google with this couple. They are fascinating! 1w
LeahBergen @Megabooks Pick up Miss Buncle after some heavy reads. It‘s a delight. 😊 1w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks! 😘 I hope to get to The Homemaker this year, too. 1w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Right? 😆😆 1w
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Did anyone think how any dove grey #Persephone book would suffice as #NorthernDroplet in the #Pantone2022 challenge? It sure took me long enough to make the connection! Somehow this color was giving me trouble - until I saw a whole shelf begging to be chosen for this prompt 🤦🏼‍♀️

Now to make the #persephonepick

(That postcard is the old London shop. I have not had any friends make the trek to the Bath shop yet! HintHint😉)


Jas16 Hint taken- I am hoping to head to there in March. 2w
LeahBergen What a glorious sight! 2w
elkeOriginal @Jas16 You lucky duck! 2w
Clwojick It‘s a perfect match! 2w
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Love in a Cold Climate | Nancy Mitford
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Look what‘s arrived, @rubyslippersreads !

I‘m so glad I didn‘t go ahead and buy a #FolioSociety edition of Love in a Cold Climate after you bought me The Pursuit of Love for my birthday. 😆 And a #PersephoneBooks that I don‘t own! Please thank Sadie and Nicky for the cat poetry and book-shaped paper clips and let them know I‘ll read a verse to #JohnnyBergen. 😆

Thanks so much, my dear friend. I love everything!! 😘😘😘

TrishB Lovely gifts ❤️ 2w
JamieArc Oh my gosh that edition 😍. 2w
BarbaraBB Such wonderful gifts 😍 2w
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rubyslippersreads You‘re very welcome! I‘m so glad it finally arrived. I was beginning to think it had been diverted to the North Pole. 😂 2w
LeahBergen @TrishB @BarbaraBB Most definitely! 😍 2w
LeahBergen @JamieArc Isn‘t it beautiful?? 2w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I‘m so thrilled with everything! 😊 2w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Nicky and Sadie are thrilled they can help #johnnybergen expand his reading horizons. 😹 2w
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 2w
MaureenMc 😍 2w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous & that chocolate sounds divine 💫 (edited) 2w
batsy Beautiful 😍 2w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Someone has to! 😉 2w
LeslieO That Mitford is a beauty 2w
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There Were No Windows | Norah Hoult
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This was a pick for me, mostly for the incredibly vivid writing, but beware- its a heartbreaking, gut-punching portrait of aging, decline, and dementia. We get the POV of our MC, who succumbs to memory loss, mood swings, and paranoia, as well as that of her cook, her live-in companion, old friends, and a doctor. Nobody gets off easily; there is suffering all around. But there's also real wit and an up-close look at humanity at its most vulnerable.

BarbaraBB That sounds heartbreaking but I can‘t resist a good Persephone! #stacked 1mo
catebutler I haven‘t found a Persephone I didn‘t like! And this one sounds extremely intriguing. 1mo
elkeOriginal Nice #persephonebooks collection! (edited) 3w
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Time for a Persephone!

This one is quite different from Apricot Sky, the only other book I‘ve read by this author. It combines a somewhat fairy tale-ish story with old-fashioned romance and is sweet and frothy from the get-go. I‘m enjoying it!


Ruthiella Any hints of the humor that was in ? 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good Leah ! Enjoy ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella None! It‘s so different. 1mo
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LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy. 😘 1mo
batsy Sounds super intriguing! It's cool that it's so different from Apricot Sky 1mo
Suet624 I‘ve never heard “sweet and frothy” as a book descriptor before. Love it. 1mo
CarolynM Sounds lovely. Enjoy. 1mo
BarbaraBB Always time for Persephone 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy It really was but still super enjoyable. 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 😆😆 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Thanks! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Exactly! 😊 1mo
rubyslippersreads This was one of the Queen Mum‘s favorites. 👑 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads And I can see why after reading it. It definitely is a love letter to Scotland! 1mo
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There Were No Windows | Norah Hoult
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Beginning my final #PersephonePick of the year! It's been so much fun to read through these selections this year; I have definitely encountered rollicking stories, sobering history, and absolutely gorgeous writing. I still have a few unread in my collection to get me through the early months of next year, but then I guess I'll just have to buy a few more for '22. 😉 #CurrentlyReading #PersephoneBooks

Mariana | Monica Dickens, Harriet Lane
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Been on my TBR forever and finally digging into it! It's my #PersephonePick of the month and I can't wait. #PersephoneBooks

rockpools Lovely picture! 7mo
EvieBee Yes to everything in this photo. 😍 7mo
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Mamma | Diana Tutton
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Book mail!

The two latest editions from the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series: A long out of print novel from E.M. Delafield (author of the glorious The Diary of a Provincial Lady series) and the tagged book by the author of Guard Your Daughters (another favourite of mine, published by #PersephoneBooks). Mamma is a social comedy about a middle-aged woman who falls in love with her new son-in-law.

KarenUK They are gorgeous! 😍😍😍 8mo
MsMelissa I love these editions 🥰 8mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 8mo
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Kalalalatja So pretty! 😍 8mo
Cathythoughts Oh they are lovely! I‘m excited too because I ordered that O Brave Music book that you recommended to @Batsy and it‘s like these ones in your post 8mo
batsy Beautiful! These editions are a mood-lifter 😍 8mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Yay! I love that we're all succumbing to these 😁 8mo
Cathythoughts @batsy We are pushovers 😂 8mo
AnneCecilie Love these covers 😍 8mo
Reviewsbylola Kind of shocked Persephone hasn‘t already published these, especially the latter! 8mo
ValerieAndBooks These remind me of the covers of my Barbara Pym editions! 8mo
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