Every Tuesday I volunteer at my local second hand bookshop and this week I found these bargains. Two beautiful Persephone books in perfect condition (with the complimentary bookmarks still intact to match the unique endnote patterns) for £2.49 each!
For those of you who don’t know about Persephone Books, they publish (mainly) neglected female writers from the twentieth century. All their books look the same from the outside, with the distinctive grey jacket and cream label. But when you open up the book they start and end with beautiful endpapers that are picked specifically to match the time of first publication. They also come with a matching bookmark. Persephone so far have 102 titles under their name and each book usually costs between £10-£12.
So, now I can add Saplings by Noel Streatfield (No.16 in the collection) and Hostages to Fortune by Elizabeth Cambridge (No. 41) to my collection, which now consists of four altogether! It may not be much, but slowly and surely I will, one day, be the owner of every single Persephone book!
Books so far:
- Saplings by Noel Streatfield (No. 16) – a novel about the destruction and devestation of the Wiltshire family in the wake of the Second World War.
- Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey (No. 38) – the story of a young girl on the morning of her wedding day trying to stifle the feeling that she is making a grave mistake.
- Hostages to Fortune by Elizabeth Cambridge (No. 41) – which follows closely the life of a young woman, Audrey, as she gives birth to her first child in the years between the First and Second World Wars.
- No Surrender by Constance Maud (No. 94) – one of the few novels written at the time of, and about, the suffragette movement at the beginning of the twentieth century.
However, the only book I have actually read is No Surrender. I still have a very long way to go!