Only three days to go until the start of Persephone Reading Week! I hope you all have piles of Persephone books at the ready - it seems like a lot of people are planning to I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone decides to read...and reading some of my own (and new!) Persephone books.
When we planned the week, I only had three Persephone books left that I hadn't read. But when I checked, I realised that there were a few more that I had neither read nor owned, so I thought that the Reading Week would be a good excuse to get them, and I managed to pick up some second hand copies. And then Persephone brought out their Spring books...so I bought both of those, plus another one to take advantage of the special offer on buying three books from the shop.
They have all now arrived and this is the pile of books that I have to choose from - I intend to read 5 of them during the week.
Still Missing (Beth Gutcheon) Dimanche and other stories (Irene Nemirovsky) The Hopkins Manuscript (RC Sherriff) The expendable man (Dorothy Hughes) Good things in England (Florence White) Julian Grenfell (Nicholas Mosley) The woman novelist and other stories (Diane Gardner) A new system of domestic cookery (Mrs Rundell) The gardener's nightcap (Muriel Stuart) An interrupted life (Etty Hilsum)
I think that these ten books really reflect the range of books published by Persephone - we have cookery, gardening, biography, novels, short stories and letters/diaries. I love the way that their list encompasses such a wide range of genres and thus manages to take my reading outside its usual foci.
(And in case you're interested, I'm now only 10 books short of the complete 88 - all of which I have read but which I hope to add to my collection in due course!)
I love books, baking and my boyfriend, and love to write about the first two. I particular love "forgotten" books, books brought out of obscurity by republication and those still languishing in obscurity. I'm currently reading my way through all of the Virago Modern Classics, but taking in other books along the way.