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William - an Englishman. | Cicely Hamilton
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I was out of town this past weekend and (naturally) found a secondhand bookshop. Lo and behold, I found two #PersephoneBooks that look unread and still have their matching bookmarks.

The truly amazing thing is that I own about 75 Persephone books BUT NOT THESE TWO. 😆

jlhammar Wow, what a find! 2w
AmyG You were meant to find them! 2w
Tamra Jackpot! 🎰 2w
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Ruthiella Now that really is a bookish miracle! 😃 2w
Reggie Love the figurine. 2w
Cathythoughts Great find for you ! 😍 2w
Gissy Wow! Lucky girl📚🙌 2w
BarbaraBB 77 Persephones!! 😍😍 2w
youneverarrived Ohh great finds 😍 2w
MaureenMc 🙌📚🙌 2w
LeahBergen @jlhammar @AmyG @Tamra @Ruthiella @Cathythoughts @Gissy See? Thank goodness for Litsy friends! Anyone else would be all “yeah, you bought a couple more books” 😆😆 2w
LeahBergen @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! My best friend bought a little bag of these for me from an antique shop. 😆 They‘re called “shelf sitters”. I love their slightly creepy cuteness. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I actually didn‘t realize I had so many. 😆😆 2w
Reggie I hope one day one or both of them move their heads for you. 😱lol 2w
LeahBergen @Reggie I‘ll be calling in an exorcist if that happens. 😂 2w
Lindy 🎁🎉 2w
AmyG @Reggie Your comment was spot on for you. 🙌🏻 2w
Amiable What an amazingly fortuitous shopping excursion! 😀 2w
LeahBergen @AmyG Right? 😆 2w
LeahBergen @Amiable It was! 😆 2w
CarolynM They must have been waiting for you! 2w
LeahBergen @CarolynM “There she is!”, they said. 😆😆 2w
Centique I can totally see those Persephones calling out to you! They found their real home now 💕 2w
rubyslippersreads I would call you a “book rescuer.” 😄 2w
kspenmoll They found their true home with you! 1w
LeahBergen @Centique @rubyslippersreads @kspenmoll It‘s my true calling. 😆😆 1w
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The Home-maker | Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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Thought some of you might be interested in this article about Dorothy Canfield Fisher and The Home-Maker. (Perri Klass is also a #BetsyTacy fan.)


#persephone #persephoneclub #persephonebookclub #persephonebooks

CarolynM Thanks for the link. I‘ll read it when I get a minute😬 3w
LeahBergen Well, look at that! So cool. 👍 3w
Aimeesue Excellent! Thanks for the link! 3w
jlhammar How timely! Definitely going to check that out. Thank you so much! 3w
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To Bed with Grand Music | Marghanita Laski, Sarah Russell, Juliet Gardiner
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Way behind with February reading ! First off the book bingo list ! 😁#bookbingo #bookspin #februarybookbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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The Sea Change | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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My current reads: The Sea Change is a buddy read with the darling @shawnmooney (our third Elizabeth Jane Howard that we‘ve read together) and High Wages is the December choice of the #PersephoneClub.


Leftcoastzen I love that cover ! When was it published? 50s? 4mo
LeahBergen The book was published is 1959 but this edition is 1961. I like the colour! 😄 @Leftcoastzen 4mo
BarbaraBB I need to get to Howard!! 4mo
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Cathythoughts Yes a great cover , and colour 💙 4mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like her! 3mo
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To Bed with Grand Music | Marghanita Laski, Sarah Russell, Juliet Gardiner
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#persephonebookshop beautiful bath #persephonebooks ❤️😍

LeahBergen I‘ve only been to the shop once, when it was still in London. I think I need to plan another trip to Bath! 4mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I have a fantasy that the #PersephoneClub will meet there one day🤩 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM OMG. We must!! 4mo
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elkeOriginal @LeahBergen @CarolynM You paying for the groups‘ plane tickets? 😉😆 4mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal @CarolynM If money was no object, I SO WOULD. 🤣 4mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen And if money was no object, we would clear the store out buying every last book! 4mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Indeed! 😆 4mo
CarolynM @elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I did say it was a fantasy😆 4mo
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The other Day | Dorothy Whipple
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Persephone book mail is some of the best book mail. 😄

The latest (and last) Dorothy Whipple to be published by #PersephoneBooks is a memoir of her childhood and, from the snippets that I‘ve read, it sounds wonderful. The bookmark and endpapers are particularly beautiful for this edition, too!

squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 5mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 5mo
elkeOriginal SO pretty! And an updated catalogue - fun! 5mo
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Tamra Wow! 5mo
jlhammar That does sound wonderful! Love that bookmark/endpaper pattern. I‘m going to have to treat myself to some Persephones one of these days. I‘m sure I‘d love them. 5mo
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! I‘m very tempted by that Dorothy Whipple. 😄 5mo
Megabooks Those are some gorgeous endpapers! 5mo
Aimeesue Sigh 🥰 5mo
BarbaraBB Such a gift, Persephone mail 😍😍 5mo
batsy The Persephone endpapers are always a treat for the eye! 😍 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal My last one only went to 2017. I thought it was time! 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Oh, you must. I‘m sure there are some you would love. 5mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads You neeeed it. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It is! ❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen @batsy They sure are! 5mo
Bibliomania I love a Persephone book too! 4mo
LeahBergen @Bibliomania They‘re little works of art, aren‘t they? 4mo
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Milton Place is the story of a house and those who love it : Mr. Barlow who is living out his last years there, his grandson Tony who will never be able to afford to keep it, and Anita, an Austrian visitor to the house whose mother was the great love of Mr. Barlow‘s life. This book took me a while to read but I ended up loving the poignancy of the post WW2 setting and what it meant for the outcome of that way of life. 👇


LeahBergen The Hare With Amber Eyes, written by the author‘s grandson, has many references to Elisabeth‘s life and photos of her childhood summer home which inspired Milton Place. I haven‘t read it yet but have enjoyed looking at the numerous photos! 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ Poignancy is a good word to describe this book, there are so many poignant moments. I‘m hoping to finish today 🤞🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts The Hare With the Amber Eyes sounds wonderful, there must be a richness to seeing these photos having just read Milton Place ❤️ 5mo
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BarbaraBB This sounds like a true #Persephone. Wonderful review. The Hare is on the list of #1001books to read before you die but I haven‘t read it yet. I will one day… 5mo
CarolynM I was quite reluctant to read The Hare With Amber Eyes - all the hype put me right off - but once I got over myself and gave it try I liked it a lot. I found the family story much more interesting than I expected to. I would definitely recommend it to all of you @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB 5mo
AnneCecilie I loved The Hare With Amber Eyes when I read it a decade ago and it was the one that had me starting on Proust. 5mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie @CarolynM Thanks for the heads up, this is very helpful. I‘ll try to get a copy! 5mo
mandarchy I would love to see this illustrated version. I read the Hare many years ago and you know it's a good book because I can remember so much of it. I have given books 5 stars and then not be able to remember anything about it a year later. So when details stick I'm impressed. 5mo
quietjenn Oh, what an interesting connection! I'm looking forward to finally settling in with this one - perhaps this afternoon. I am *always* down for some poignancy! 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy. Yes, the photos of the author made me think I was looking at the character, Anita. 5mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think you might like this one. And yes, I‘ve had The Hare With Amber Eyes on my shelves for years! 😬 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM That‘s so good to know. I‘m always the sort who never reads a book during its hyped phase. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @AnneCecilie That‘s interesting! I‘ve read and enjoyed one Proust book and maybe this one will get me to carry on with him. 5mo
LeahBergen @Tamra You just might! 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @mandarchy It‘s gorgeously produced with photos of lots of the netsukes on the endpapers. And I‘m the same; if a book‘s details stick years later, that‘s an amazing thing! 5mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn And Persephone usually delivers on poignancy. 😆 5mo
Sparklemn @CarolynM Your comment on getting over yourself made me laugh. A good reminder for when I need to do this, too! 5mo
LeahBergen @Sparklemn Me, too! 😆 5mo
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Started my #PersephoneClub pick and before I knew it, it was past my bedtime 🤦🏼‍♀️
So far it is very engaging - love the writing and the characters are so well drawn. I can‘t believe she only had 2 novels published posthumously. Glad #PersephoneBooks has both available for us now. Bless them for unearthing gems written by women at risk of being forgotten!

Cathythoughts I find it very engaging too, Looking forward to getting back into it this week 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
Tamra Yes! I was immediately taken in! 😊 5mo
quietjenn Looking forward to sinking into it when I get back home! 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m just past the halfway mark. 👍 5mo
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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It‘s now October so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@elkeOriginal ‘s pick for us this month is Milton Place by Elisabeth de Waal. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

elkeOriginal It is already on my bedside stack for this month! (edited) 6mo
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quietjenn I was just thinking it was time to get it off of the Persephone shelf! 6mo
Tamra I‘m in! Thank you for including me! 🥰 (I just ordered, so hoping for speedy delivery. 🤞🏾) (edited) 6mo
sisilia Thanks for tagging me @LeahBergen I finished it yesterday, and I loved it! It‘s a gem! 6mo
LeahBergen @Liz_M Thanks, Liz! 6mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn And I need to get it off my Persephone shelf, too. 😊 6mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I hope it doesn‘t take too long to arrive. 🤞 6mo
LeahBergen @sisilia Oh, good! Now I‘m looking forward to it even more. 😊 6mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah ! I have my copy here beside me… I hope to start soon 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I have a few others to finish off first, too. 😄 6mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen needs to FIND it on her overflowing Persephone shelf! 😉 6mo
CarolynM I‘ve been away from home and hardly had any reading time😞 I‘m going to finish the new Kate Atkinson (it‘s so good🥰) then get started, hopefully very soon. 6mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I hope you‘ve been away enjoying yourself somewhere! I haven‘t started yet, either. I have a few others on the go that I want to finish up first. 😬 6mo
CarolynM I was visiting my parents in Adelaide for the first time since Christmas 2020, so good, but not exactly party time😂 We came home via an indirect route and stayed overnight at Lake Tyrrell which made for some more interesting scenery than the usual way. I‘ve never seen the country between Melbourne and Adelaide so green! We wondered whether we‘d taken a wrong turn somewhere😆 6mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM 😆 Well, that does sound lovely! 6mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Thanks for tagging me! I‘m embarrassingly catching up on Litsy after a multi week hiatus 😬 I don‘t have this one otherwise I‘d have joined in! Next one maybe! 5mo
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Princes in the Land | Joanna Cannan
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This was a moving portrait of a woman‘s life, from her Edwardian childhood to middle age. She marries for love and has three perfect children but as she ages (and her family‘s imperfections show), she wonders if it was all worth it. I won‘t say much more, as I know the rest of the #PersephoneClub is still reading, but I thoroughly enjoyed the slow unfolding of Pat‘s life and the (at times) really witty writing.

Cathythoughts Great review Leah. I still havnt started, but it sounds really good. Your review will get me motivated now to start 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture too. That‘s a lot of Persephones 😍 7mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I was just thinking that! How fab are those shelves. 7mo
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BarbaraBB Those shelves… 🥰 7mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m heading out of town on Friday for a couple of weeks so I wanted to have it done before I left! 😄 7mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @BarbaraBB Thanks, you two! 😆 7mo
CarolynM Great review. I got the book out yesterday, will start reading soon. Love your Persephone shelf😍 (edited) 7mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Thanks! It‘s getting a bit crowded. 😆 7mo
rubyslippersreads Glad you liked it. 😊 7mo
quietjenn Nice! Will try to start soon. Those shelves are something else! If you need to cull, I‘m sure we could help you out 😂 7mo
Sparklemn So jealous of the shelves! I haven't started the book yet but look forward to it based on your review. 😊 7mo
Ruthiella Sounds like one I‘d really enjoy! 7mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I really did! Thanks again for such a lovely prezzie. 😊 7mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Haha! Right? I get rid of a lot of books but I seem to hang on to my Persephones. 7mo
LeahBergen @Sparklemn I hope you like it, too! 🤞 7mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I think it might be right up your street. 👍 7mo
batsy Persephones and green Viragos! I drool 😆 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy The “certified good read” colours. 😆 7mo
catebutler I‘m about half way through, and truly enjoying it. I wish Persephone would publish more of her works, they seem hard to find! Great review, Leah! 7mo
LeahBergen @catebutler Thanks! And I wish they would, too. 7mo
rubyslippersreads @catebutler @LeahBergen Lots of her mysteries available, as well as her pony books, thanks to Jane Badger Books. 😊🐴 7mo
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