I have to confess that one of the reasons for having a week of Persephone-themed posts was so that I could blog about my recent acquisitions. I mentioned the other week how my visit to the Persephone bookshop had re-awakened my desire to obtain a complete set of Persephone books... After verbalising this, I went on Amazon marketpalce to see if I could pick up any second hand. This was slightly dangerous as it saw the last of my Christmas money disappear. I had to wait quite a while for them to be delivered due to the snow, (the postman eventually brought them all at once on Wednesday morning, very early - I forgave him for waking us both up when I saw the treasure!) but but it has considerably expanded my collection.
This is the pile that arrived - the top half of the pile as far as Flush are the ones that I have not yet read, and the bottom half are those which I have read before but not until now owned my own copy of. (I actually have Flush in my bag today). Some of them came with bookmarks
This necessitated a considerable rearrangement of my books as I wanted to keep them altogether, in numberical order. In the event, the only option was to run them along the top of my bookshelves:
The ones on the left are the ones that I have read; they are followed by my collection of Persephone Classics, and then the ones that I have yet to read (mainly short stories and letters, which I am looking forward to dipping into over the coming months).
I hope you've enjoyed my week of Persephone posting. Do put Persephone Reading Week into your diary - the last week of May. By which time I can hope to have the whole collection, wouldn't that be fun.
Margaret Millar’s The Fiend (1964; 2016)
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