Persephone Books

Hi, folks!

The spring cleaning continues in this [blank] garden of mine! As I mentioned last week, I decided to transfer some of my reading project pages to regular posts – so, you will be seeing a lot of those in the coming weeks.

persephone-books-logo_border1The Persephone Project is a personal long-term project of mine, where I intend to read my way through the entire Persephone Books’ catalog. Persephone Books is an independent publisher founded in 1999 by Nicola Beauman. They reprint neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century women writers.

I will update this post as I go along. You will be able to find a link to this post on my projects page.


  • Read books are marked as (✓)
  • Favourites are marked as (✨)
  • DNFed books are crossed off
  • Books I own are in bold
  • Books reissued as Persephone Classics are marked as (💖)
  • My reviews, when available, will be linked below


  • Start Date: 05.02.2016
  • Current score: 19/ 139
    • Persephone Classics: 03/12
  • Source: here
  • Books reviewed

The List

  1. William – an Englishman, by Cicely Hamilton
  2. Mariana, by Monica Dickens 💖
  3. Someone at a Distance, by Dorothy Whipple 💖
  4. Fidelity, by Susan Glaspell
  5. An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum)
  6. The Victorian Chaise-longue, by Marghanita Laski
  7. The Home-Maker, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher 💖
  8. Good Evening, Mrs Craven, by Mollie Panter-Downes 💖
  9. Few Eggs and No Oranges (Vere Hodgson)
  10. Good Things in England (Florence White)
  11. Julian Grenfell (Nicholas Mosley)
  12. It’s Hard to be Hip Over Thirty (Judith Viorst)
  13. Consequences, by E.M. Delafield
  14. Farewell Leicester Square (Betty Miller)
  15. Tell It To a Stranger (Elizabeth Berridge)
  16. Saplings, by Noel Streatfeild 💖
  17. Marjory Fleming (Oriel Malet)
  18. ✓✨ Every Eye, by Isobel English 
  19. They Knew Mr. Knight (Dorothy Whipple)
  20. A Woman’s Place (Ruth Adam)
  21. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson 💖
  22. Consider The Years (Virginia Graham)
  23. Reuben Sachs (Amy Levy)
  24. Family Roundabout (Richmal Crompton)
  25. ✓✨The Montana Stories, by Katherine Mansfield
  26. Brook Evans (Susan Glaspell)
  27. The Children Who Lived in a Barn (Eleanor Graham)
  28. Little Boy Lost, by Marghanita Laski 💖
  29. The Making of a Marchioness, by Frances Hodgson Burnett 💖
  30. Kitchen Essays, by Agnes Jekyll 💖
  31. A House in the Country (Jocelyn Playfair)
  32. The Carlyles at Home (Thea Holme)
  33. The Far Cry (Emma Smith)
  34. Minnie’s Room (Mollie Panter-Downes)
  35. Greenery Street (Denis Mackail)
  36. Lettice Delmer (Susan Miles)
  37. The Runaway (Elizabeth Anna Hart)
  38. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, by Julia Strachey 💖
  39.  Manja by Anna Gmeyner
  40. The Priory (Dorothy Whipple)
  41. Hostages to Fortune (Elizabeth Cambridge)
  42. The Blank Wall byElisabeth Sanxay Holding
  43. The Wise Virgins (Leonard Woolf)
  44. Tea With Mr. Rochester (Frances Towers)
  45. Good Food on the Aga (Ambrose Heath)
  46. Miss Ranskill Comes Home (Barbara Euphan Todd)
  47. The New House (Lettice Cooper)
  48. The Casino (Margareth Bonham)
  49. Bricks and Mortar (Helen Ashton)
  50. The World That Was Ours, by Hilda Bernstein 💖
  51. Operation Heartbreak (Duff Cooper)
  52. The Village (Marghanita Laski)
  53. Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary (Ruby Ferguson)
  54. They Can’t Ration These (Vicomte de Mauduit)
  55. Flush, by Virginia Woolf
  56. They Were Sisters (Dorothy Whipple)
  57. The Hopkins Manuscript (RC Sherriff)
  58. Hetty Dorval, by Ethel Wilson)
  59. There Were No Windows by Norah Hoult
  60. Doreen (Barbara Noble)
  61. A London Child of the 1870s (Molly Hughes)
  62. How To Run Your Home Without Help (Kay Smallshaw)
  63. Princess in the Land (Joanna Cannan)
  64. The Woman Novelist and Other Stories (Diana Gardner)
  65. Alas, Poor Lady (Rachel Ferguson)
  66. Gardener’s Nightcap (Muriel Stuart)
  67. The Fortnight in September, by RC Sherriff 💖
  68. The Expendable Man (Dorothy B Hughes)
  69. Journal, by Katherine Mansfield)
  70. Plats Du Jour (Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd)
  71. The Shuttle, by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  72. House-Bound (Winifred Peck)
  73. The Young Pretenders (Edith Henrietta Fowler)
  74. The Closed Door and Other Stories (Dorothy Whipple)
  75. On the Other Side (Mathilde Wolff-Mönckeberg)
  76. The Crowded Street (Winifred Holtby)
  77. Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (Penelope Mortimer)
  78. A Very Great Profession, by Nicole Beauman)
  79. Round About a Pound a Week (Maud Pember Reeves)
  80. The Country Housewife’s Book (Lucy H. Yates)
  81. Miss Buncle’s Book (D.E. Stevenson)
  82. Amours de Voyage, by Arthur Hugh Clough)
  83. Making Conversation (Christine Longford)
  84. A New System of Domestic Cookery (Mrs. Rundell)
  85. High Wages (Dorothy Whipple)
  86. To Bed With Grand Music (Marghanita Laski)
  87. Dimanche and Other Stories (Irène Némirovsky)
  88. Still Missing (Beth Gutcheon)
  89. The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow, by Mrs. Oliphant)
  90. The Winds of Heaven, by Monica Dickens)
  91. Miss Buncle Married (D.E. Stevenson)
  92. Midsummer Night in the Workhouse (Diana Athill)
  93. The Sack of Bath (Adam Fergusson)
  94. No Surrender, by Constance Maud
  95. Greenbanks (Dorothy Whipple)
  96. Dinners for Beginners (Rachel and Margaret Ryan)
  97. Harriet, by Elizabeth Jenkins
  98. A Writer’s Diary (Virginia Woolf)
  99. Patience (John Coates)
  100. The Persephone Book of Short Stories
  101. Heat Lightning (Helen Hull)
  102. The Exiles Return (Elisabeth de Waal)
  103. The Squire (Enid Bagnold)
  104. The Two Mrs. Abbotts (D.E. Stevenson)
  105.  Diary of a Provincial Lady (E.M. Delafield)
  106. Into the Whirlwind (Eugenia Ginzburg)
  107. Wildred and Eileen (Jonathan Smith)
  108. The Happy Tree (Rosalind Murray)
  109. Because of the Lockwoods (Dorothy Whipple)
  110. The Country Life Cookery Book (Ambrose Heath)
  111. London War Notes (Mollie Panter-Downes)
  112. Vain Shadow (Jane Hervey) 
  113. Greengates by RC Sherriff
  114. Gardeners’ Choice by Evelyn Dunbar and Charles Mahoney
  115. Maman, What Are We Called Now? by Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar
  116. A Lady and Her Husband by Amber Reeves
  117. The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde
  118. Every Good Deed and Other Stories by Dorothy Whipple
  119. Long Live Great Bardfield by Tirzah Garwood
  120. Madame Solario by Gladys Huntington
  121. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
  122. Earth and High Heaven by Gwethalyn Graham
  123. Emmeline by Judith Rossner
  124. The Journey Home and Other Stories by Malachi Whitaker
  125. Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton
  126. Despised and Rejected by Rose Allatini
  127. Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple
  128. Tory Heaven by Marghanita Laski
  129. The Call by Edith Ayrton Zangwill
  130. National Provincial by Lettice Cooper
  131. Milton Place by Elisabeth de Waal
  132. The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories 
  133. Expiation by Elizabeth von Arnim
  134. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  135. One Woman’s Year by Stella Martin Currey
  136. The Oppermanns by Lion Feuchtwanger
  137. English Climate: Wartime Stories by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  138. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  139. Random Commentary by Dorothy Whipple

That’s it for now, folks. Do you have any recommendations? Please let me know. 🙂

Yours truly,


L. A. Ring, Lamplight- The Artist's Wife
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2 thoughts on “Persephone Books

  1. This is fun! I look forwarding to reading about your Persephone journey. I do recommend Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. It is just so fun and wonderful and made me happy! I also liked the movie. It had bad reviews by fans of the novel but I’m probably very easy to please and I enjoyed the movie very much. Happy Reading!

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  2. The Making of a Marchioness is also very good. Parts of it are dark and ominous but it’s very good. I still haven’t forgotten about the marchioness and it’s been years since I’ve read the book.

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