Tuesday 4 May 2010

Persephone Reading Week : Roundup #3

Thanks to Claire for doing the second round up which you can read here...

Since then, yet more plans have been announced - Claire at Kiss a cloud shows us her stack of books, and Claire at Captive Reader is about to embark on Cheerful weather for a wedding. Another cookie crumbles has Mariana and A very great profession at her disposal this week. Rachel from Booksnob asks if there is anyone who isn't participating in Persephone Reading Week - she's a third of the way through House-bound. JoAnn from Lakeside Musing quotes from Someone at a distance in her Tuesday Teaser, and asks which Whipple she should include in her next consignment of Persephones. Do help her out with a suggestion. And Thomas from My Porch shares with us the receipt of his first Persephone catalogue.

There have been a number of reviews of Persephone titles:

Nonsuchbook writes about Cheerful weather for the wedding, a title that seems to be in many people's hands this week, and thought that she picked a great choice for her first Persephone read - I hope that it inspires you to read some more!

Geraldine, a non-blogger, but loyal commenter, mentioned that she had also re-read this title yesterday, because Cheerful weather seemed a hopeful note for a chilly bank holiday. She wondered whether it was unique among Persephone titles in that the action occurs over just one day. The New House by Lettice Cooper would also fit into this category - I can't think of any others offhand, but perhaps other bloggers can?

Nymeth reviews one of Persephone's short story collections, Good evening Mrs Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes, describing them as "extraordinarily good".

Buried in print continues her reflections on Persephone reads of a wartime nature here.

Mrs B at The Literary stew has read They were sisters, which she thinks is the best of all of the Whipple novels that she has read.

Alison M, one of my colleagues, borrowed Katherine Mansfield's Montana stories from me last week, and has written a review on librarything.com which you can read here. She is the second of my colleagues to have succombed to the influence of Persephone books - one by one I hope that I will be able to get more people to follow!

I'm sure there will be many more reviews posted later, which I'll let Claire gather together. Happy reading everyone!

PS: Don't forget to have a go at my quiz...


  1. Alison commented on my blog to say she was participating and I noticed she was a work-colleague. I do love Katherine Mansfield.

    Interesting point about Cheerful Weather... I'm not sure about other Persephones; I've always thought of it in relation to Mrs Dalloway.

    What a busy week we are hosting! Thanks for the update, Verity; I'll post another tonight.

  2. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you've spent rounding up. I've just had a most enjoyable lunch break reading through them all.

  3. Ha ha, I love the idea of you converting people one by one! Have just finished The Home-Maker which I loved: http://theglitteringburn.blogspot.com/2010/05/home-maker-by-dorothy-canfield-fisher.html

  4. Thanks for these round ups--I'm enjoying reading about what everyone is up to this week!

  5. Doesn't Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day span for only a day as well?

    Okay, now to visit all the sites in the round-up...


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