I do love a chance to wax lyrical about the wonderful Persephone Books, I have blogged about my love of them before. This week the Persephone biannually arrived at my house – always a joy to come home to on a rainy afternoon. It’s a time when I brew up a mug of tea, push my tired feet into cosy slippers and get stuck right in. I (or rather heavenali) even get a couple of mentions in this edition. There is an extract of one of my Persephone reviews ‘Farewell Leicester Square’ – I’m always rather thrilled to have my reviews featured in the Persephone biannually – I love the ‘Our bloggers write’ feature in the magazine – it really shows how book bloggers are becoming a part of mainstream reviewing.
In this biannually there is a lovely short story by Rose Macaulay called ’Miss Anstruther’s letters’ the rather poignant story of a middle aged woman writer, scrambling through the debris of her bombed out London flat in 1941 desperately searching for twenty two years’ worth of letters which she knows can’t possibly be there. I loved this story – it may stay with me for some time, and has served to remind me that I have had a Rose Macaulay novel sat unread on my shelves for some time.
“Miss Anstruther, whose life had been cut in two on the night of May 10th 1941, so that she now felt herself a ghost, without attachments or habitation, neither of which she any longer desired, sat alone in the bedsitting room she had taken, a small room, littered with the grimy, broken and useless objects she had salvaged from the burnt out ruin around the corner. “
(Miss Anstruther’s letters was first published in London Calling edited by Storm Jameson – 1943)
Inspired by the arrival of Persephone book number 103 The Squire by Enid Bagnold – Lynne Hatwell – aka Dovegreyreader writes about the changing experiences for women having babies. It’s an excellent article, written by someone with a wonderful understanding of maternity care. The Squire is the first of the two latest publications from Persephone – I actually already have a copy – a Virago Modern Classics edition that was given to me by my friend Liz. I have so many VMC’s tbr – I’m sure though it will float to the top one of these days.
The second of Persephone’s latest publications is the hugely anticipated The Two Mrs Abbotts, by D E Stevenson; the third in the Miss Buncle series. I simply couldn’t wait for it – so almost immediately after I finished ‘Miss Buncle Married’ – I ordered ‘The Two Mrs Abbotts’ from the library – it took six months to arrive at my local branch, of course I read it immediately. Naturally as I have the first two Miss Buncle books in lovely dove grey covers I will have to acquire a copy of ‘The Two Mrs Abbotts’ just to keep. For any fans of the first two Miss Buncle books I heartily recommend it. I expect we shall see it appearing in several people’s Christmas stockings this year. Two wonderful new offerings from Persephone Books I think, which I am sure will prove very popular indeed.