A few days ago an email popped into my inbox that made me sit up. It was my Persephone books newsletter –which contained a rather tempting offer. Persephone books are bringing out an edition of Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield, a book greatly loved by many people of course – the offer was to purchase a copy of it early, before its release date in April at a reduced price no less. It would quite frankly have been rude to refuse. Now the day that particular email arrived was a wet and miserable one – there have been rather a lot of those lately – I was a bit tired and grumpy, and here was a way of instantly cheering myself up. I ordered three Persephone books (despite still having five Persephone books unread on my tbr). I also bought: Operation Heartbreak, and Heat Lightning, They arrived a few days later – the same day as a review copy of Once Upon a Timepiece from a publisher called Bo Tree Books – who had kindly offered me the book just a few days earlier – they appear to be a new independent publisher.
Now I have to admit that I already own a copy of Diary of a Provincial Lady – an old Virago green copy of the complete Provincial Lady. The new Persephone edition – with its lovely endpaper – is just the first Provincial Lady book – and I am wondering whether Persephone will publish the subsequent Provincial Lady books – they’d be fairly mad not to, surely. How marvellous they would all look as a set.
Upon finishing my re-read of Jude the Obscure – I pounced upon my new edition of Diary of a Provincial Lady – certain it was time to re-read that. I finished it yesterday, (review in due course) and what a joy it was – funny and engaging – suiting perfectly its new dove grey jacket.
In other bookish news: My blog hop giveaway closes in a few hours and I will announce winners tomorrow or Friday – watch this space!
I was especially delighted because I had pledged to read a lot more Willa Cather this year, and last month read and enjoyed Alexander’s Bridge which really whetted my appetite
I am now reading a very interesting non-fiction book The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams by Jane Robins who wrote the The Magnificent Spilsbury Brides in the Bath.