Persephone Books


Now you might have noticed that Persephone Books in Bath is one of my all time favourite book shops. I love the books that Persephone Books produce because they have introduced me to authors I have never come across before. After a few trips to Bath I have a growing collection of Persephone Books to read and this year I have decided to really make an effort to read the books I own and also increase my collection of Persephone Books.

So lets see how many of the Persephone Books I can read…

  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: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-42 by Etty Hillesum
  6. The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski
  7. The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  8. Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes by Mollie Panter-Downes
  9. Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson
  10. Good Things in England by Florence White
  11. Julian Grenfell by Nicholas Mosley
  12. It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty by Judith Viorst
  13. Consequences by E M Delafield
  14. Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller
  15. Tell It to a Stranger by Elizabeth Berridge
  16. Saplings by Noel Streatfield
  17. Marjory Fleming by Oriel Malet
  18. Every Eye by Isobel English
  19. They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple
  20. A Woman’s Place: 1910-75 by Ruth Adam
  21. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  22. Consider the Years by Viginia Graham
  23. Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy
  24. Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
  25. The Montana Stories by Katherine Mansfield
  26. Brook Evans by Susan Glaspell
  27. The Children who Lived in a Barn by Eleanor Graham
  28. Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski
  29. The Making of Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  30. Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll
  31. A House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair
  32. The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holme
  33. The Far Cry by Emma Smith
  34. Minnie’s Room: The Peacetime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes by Mollie Panter-Downes
  35. Greenery Street by Denis Mackail
  36. Lettice Delmer by Susan Miles
  37. The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart
  38. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey
  39. Manja by Anna Gmeyner
  40. The Priory by Dorothy Whipple
  41. Hostages to Fortune by Elizabeth Cambridge
  42. The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
  43. The Wise Virgins by Leonard Woolf
  44. Tea with Mr Rochester by Frances Towers
  45. Good Food on the Aga by Ambrose Heath
  46. Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd
  47. The New House by Lettice Cooper
  48. The Casino by Margaret Bonham
  49. Bricks and Mortar by Helen Ashton
  50. The World that was Ours by Hilda Bernstein
  51. Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper
  52. The Village by Marghanita Laski
  53. Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruby Ferguson
  54. They can’t Ration These by Vicomte de Mauduit
  55. Flush by Virginia Woolf
  56. They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple
  57. The Hopkins Manuscript by RC Sherriff
  58. Hetty Dorval by Ethel Wilson
  59. There Were No Windows by Norah Hoult
  60. Doreen by Barbara Noble
  61. A London Child of the 1870s by Molly Hughes
  62. How To Run Your Home Without Help by Kay Smallshaw
  63. Princes in the Land by Joanna Cannan
  64. The Woman Novelist and Other Stories by Diana Gardner
  65. Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson
  66. Gardener’s Nightcap by Muriel Stuart
  67. The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff
  68. The Expendable Man by Dorothy B Hughes
  69. Journal by Katherine Mansfield
  70. Plats du Jour by Patience Gray
  71. The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  72. House-Bound by Winifred Peck
  73. The Young Pretenders by Edith Henrietta Fowler
  74. The Closed Door and Other Stories by Dorothy Whipple
  75. On the Other Side: Letters to my Children from Germany 1940–46 by Mathilde Wolff-Mönckeberg
  76. The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
  77. Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting by Penelope Mortimer
  78. A Very Great Profession by Nicola Beauman
  79. Round About a Pound a Week by Maud Pember Reeves
  80. The Country Housewife’s Book by Lucy H Yates
  81. Miss Buncle’s Book by DE Stevenson
  82. Amours de Voyage by Arthur Hugh Clough
  83. Making Conversation by Christine Longford
  84. A New System of Domestic Cookery by Mrs Rundell
  85. High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
  86. To Bed With Grand Music by Marghanita Laski
  87. Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky
  88. Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon
  89. The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow by Mrs Oliphant
  90. The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens
  91. Miss Buncle Married by DE Stevenson
  92. Midsummer Night in the Workhouse by Diana Athill
  93. The Sack of Bath by Adam Fergusson
  94. No Surrender by Constance Maud
  95. Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple
  96. Dinners for Beginners by Rachel and Margaret Ryan
  97. Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins
  98. A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf
  99. Patience by John Coates
  100. The Persephone Book of Short Stories by Persephone Books
  101. Heat Lightning by Helen Hull
  102. The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal
  103. The Squire by Enid Bagnold
  104. The Two Mrs Abbotts by DE Stevenson
  105. Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield
  106. Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg
  107. Wilfred and Eileen by Jonathan Smith
  108. The Happy Tree by Rosalind Murray
  109. The Country Life Cookery Book by Ambrose Heath
  110. Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple
  111. London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes
  112. Vain Shadow by 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 by Persephone Books
  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
  140. The Rector’s Daughter by F M Mayor
  141. The Deepening Stream by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  142. As It Was by Helen Thomas
  143. A Well Full of Leaves by Elizabeth Myers
  144. The Other Day by Dorothy Whipple
  145. The Waters under the Earth by John Moore

I know the list is huge and books are always getting added but I would love to read more off the list.

Have you read any of these books?

Happy Reading



The Classics Club


So for quite a while now I thought about joining The Classics Club and this year I have decided to join up. I have chosen 50 books all published before 1900 and plan to complete the list in five years, so my deadline is 11th January 2027. I used to read a lot of classics so it will be good to get reading them again and tick off quite a few books on my TBR pile.

The list has mostly new reads for me but there are a few favourites on the list and ones that I can’t quite remember all the storyline of and would like to read again.

All books that I read and review will be linked back to this list.

In no particular order, here is the list…

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – Goodreads Monday
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – Goodreads Monday
  3. Dombey and Son by Charles DickensGoodreads Monday
  4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – Goodreads Monday
  5. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – Goodreads Monday
  6. Silas Marner by George Eliot – Goodreads Monday
  7. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – Goodreads Monday
  8. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding – Goodreads Monday
  9. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson – Goodreads Monday
  10. Villette by Charlotte Brontë – Goodreads Monday
  11. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas – Goodreads Monday
  12. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë – Goodreads Monday
  13. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy – Goodreads Monday
  14. The Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas – Goodreads Monday
  15. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas
  16. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas
  17. Louise de La Valliere by Alexandre Dumas
  18. Lady Susan and other works by Jane AustenGoodreads Monday
  19. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – Goodreads Monday
  20. Evelina by Frances Burney – Goodreads Monday
  21. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – Goodreads Monday
  22. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott – Goodreads Monday
  23. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  24. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – Goodreads Monday
  25. Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood – Goodreads Monday
  26. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – Goodreads Monday
  27. Candide by Voltaire – Goodreads Monday
  28. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  29. Scenes of Clerical Life by George EliotGoodreads Monday
  30. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Goodreads Monday
  31. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore – Goodreads Monday
  32. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope – Goodreads Monday
  33. The New Magdalen by Wilkie CollinsGoodreads Monday
  34. The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart – Goodreads Monday
  35. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes
  36. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
  37. Middlemarch by George Eliot – Goodreads Monday
  38. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – Goodreads Monday
  39. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – Goodreads Monday
  40. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy 
  41. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  42. Bleak House by Charles Dickens – Goodreads Monday
  43. Cecilia by Frances Burney – Goodreads Monday
  44. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan – Goodreads Monday
  45. Moll Flanders by Daniel DefoeGoodreads Monday
  46. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome – Goodreads Monday
  47. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith – Goodreads Monday
  48. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne – Goodreads Monday
  49. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  50. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Wish me luck!

Happy Reading

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September 2020 Wrap Up

Well September got off to a great reading start and then studying started and everything has sadly slowed down. I’m doing a lot of reading for my MA and doing extra reading for my dissertation but not so much of the fun books that I blog about. Although I’m hoping to do something fun for my dissertation.

So here is my September…

(Click the pictures to go to the reviews)

Sappho: Poems and Extracts by Sappho




Pages: 144

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 5/5





Moonflower Murder by Anthony Horowitz



Pages: 608

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 3/5






Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 



Pages: 301

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 4/5






The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva



Pages: 247

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 5/5







The Smell of Cedar by River Dixon



Pages: 96

Format Read: Kindle

Dragon Rating: 1/5







Total Books Read: 5

Total Pages Read: 1396

Drop me a comment if you have read any of these books and want to chat. 

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Christmas Reading list: Update


So yesterday after spending a great deal of time reading and note taking for my Masters, I decided I would check out Amazon and see if they had any super cheap Christmas books. To be honest I do not usually buy books off Amazon unless it is for my Kindle but yesterday I felt like a treat.

So the list has grown again, I just hope the new books prove to be good. I have also read one of the books on the list and a review will be posted shortly.

The List

A Very Murderous Christmas by various authors

The Night I Met Father Christmas by Ben Miller

Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye

A Very Country Christmas by Zara Stonely

A Literary Christmas: An Anthology

Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley


Please drop me a comment if you have any Christmas book recommendations, as I would love to add to the list.

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday 13th November 2019

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and a share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?


What I am currently reading

One Day in Winter by Shari Low

This is a new author for me and I got the book for free on Apple books. I’m only two chapters in but so far it seems to be going ok.

A Very Murderous Christmas by various authors

I have read six stories so far and so far absolutely loving the book!


What I finished reading recently


Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare

I finished this on Monday and sadly I found it a really disappointing read and I feel like a bad person for saying it because it is by William Shakespeare!

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

I loved this book so much, it kept me hooked from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.


What I plan on reading next


The Night I Met Father Christmas by Ben Miller

This arrived at the weekend and I am so excited to read it after my best friend told be about it. I must be well behaved though and wait till I have finished at least one of the books I am currently reading.


Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday or if you have read any of the books.

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Christmas Reading List

Hello everyone!

I have started to think of my Christmas reading list. I usually begin my Christmas reading on the 1st December but this year I am very tempted to begin earlier because usually I am so busy during the month of December. Also I just want to get into the Christmas spirit!

The first on the list is a book recommended to me by my best friend, who sent me a very excited text yesterday telling me I just had to read it.

The Night I Met Father Christmas by Ben Miller


The second book will be a new copy of The Nutcracker which as you know I read every year and every year I get a new edition, the prettier the better.

So let the planning and Christmas book buying commence. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Happy reading.

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Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge: Reflection

Summer is officially over so I thought it high time to reflect on my Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge. Sadly I did not complete it but I did learn a few things. Here is the result.

Good as gold:- The Casual Vacancy by J. K Rowling

The Book is Better:- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

On the bandwagon:- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood

Short and sweet:- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Actually want to read:- Jaws by Peter Benchley

Not from around here:- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

In a friend zone:- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Wheel of format:- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Past love:- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Armchair Traveler:- A Room with a View by E. M. Forster


First of all I spent way too much time on a book I really regret reading which was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, I really wish I had just stopped reading it because I did not enjoy it and wasted a great deal of my free time reading a book I found tiresome. This is a lesson I keep telling myself to learn from but sadly I don’t, maybe this time I will.

The second thing I learned was I hated having a reading list! I want to read these books eventually and I had options but I found myself regretting the choices and wanting to read other books which I did and so did not complete the challenge in the allotted time. I think from now on I will avoid challenges and just choose whatever I want to read when I want because I really did not enjoy the challenge. I loved choosing the books but not feeling like I had to read them.

However, doing the challenge has taken a few books off my enormous TBR list, so it wasn’t all bad.


What does everyone think of reading challenges? Yes or No? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy reading.

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New Books: 15/09/2019

Hello everyone!

I thought I would share with you all the books I have bought so far in September because I have not updated you all on my purchases recently and the number is growing at an alarming rate. Two of the books were the damaged ones and I have just recently received the replacement copies.


New Books


Classical Archaeology Edited by Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne



Latin for Dummies by Clifford A. Hull, Steven R. Perkins and Tracy Barr



Handbook for Classical Research by David M. Schaps



Too Much To Know by Ann M. Blair



Collins Latin Dictionary and Grammer



Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis by J. K. Rowling



The Poems of Catullus by Gaius Valerius Catullus



Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women by Euripides



On Chapel Sands: My Mother and other Missing Persons by Laura Cumming



The Testaments by Margaret Atwood



As you can see a lot of books so far this month. Most of these are either for my new challenge or my new course starting next month, you can probably guess which ones I have bought for fun reading.

Please drop me a comment if you have read any of these.

Happy Reading

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ABC Book Challenge, E

It’s that time again!

It is time for another instalment of the ABC Book Challenge, this weeks letter is E.

If you want to look at my previous posts please follow the links below:

A | B | C | D |


Books I have loved beginning with E.


Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Eric by Terry Pratchett

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Books on my TBR list beginning with E.


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Eternal Love by Timothy Zurcher

The Evacuee Christmas by Katie King

The Expansion by Christoph Martin


As you can see not many books beginning with E on either list, maybe not many books are titled with a letter E or maybe I subconsciously do not like the letter E? Who can be sure?

If anyone has read any of these books and would like to drop me a comment please do?

Also if anyone else is also doing the ABC Book Challenge please drop me a link to your blog.


Happy Reading.


Down the TBR Hole #11

Down the TBR Hole was the brain child of Lost In A Story. The idea is to reduce the length of your Goodreads TBR.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want to read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 or 10 books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go


Hello everyone!

It is time for another clear out of the TBR list, I am slowly seeing an improvement with my TBR list, fingers crossed I can keep it up.

To read my previous posts please click on the links below:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10


1. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell


A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid nineteenth century, Cranford relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of vignettes, Elizabeth Gaskell portrays a community governed by old-fashioned habits and dominated by friendships between women. Her wry account of rural life is undercut, however, by tragedy in its depiction of such troubling events as Matty’s bankruptcy, the violent death of Captain Brown or the unwitting cruelty of Peter Jenkyns. Written with acute observation, Cranford is by turns affectionate, moving and darkly satirical.


Another Elizabeth Gaskell that I will keep on the list because I do own most of her books and it seems a waste not to read them.



2. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell


In Ruth Elizabeth Gaskell set out to portray, not ‘the Condition of England’ already famously addressed in Mary Barton, but the nature and sensibility of a fallen woman. Her orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced and then abandoned by wealthy young Henry Bellingham. Shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son, and yet rejecting the opportunity to marry her seducer, Ruth finds a path that affirms we are not bound to repeat our mistakes. When Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell’s second novel, appeared in 1853 its first reviewers were less scandalized than moved and intrigued. In considering a ‘fallen woman’, Gaskell explores the worlds of nineteenth-century experience concerned with women and family, sexuality, love and religion. She declared of her critics: ‘It has made them talk and think a little on a subject which is so painful it requires all one’s bravery not to hide one’s head like an ostrich.’.

Another Gaskell I will keep on the list and hopefully read one day.



3. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens


Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens’s story of a powerful man whose callous neglect of his family triggers his professional and personal downfall, showcases the author’s gift for vivid characterization and unfailingly realistic description. As Jonathan Lethem contends in his Introduction, Dickens’s “genius . . . is at one with the genius of the form of the novel itself: Dickens willed into existence the most capacious and elastic and versatile kind of novel that could be, one big enough for his vast sentimental yearnings and for every impulse and fear and hesitation in him that countervailed those yearnings too. Never parsimonious and frequently contradictory, he always gives us everything he can, everything he’s planned to give, and then more.” This Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the 1867 “Charles Dickens” edition.

Another Dickens, need I say more?



4. Romola by George Eliot


One of George Eliot’s most ambitious and imaginative novels, Romola is set in Renaissance Florence during the turbulent years following the expulsion of the powerful Medici family during which the zealous religious reformer Savonarola rose to control the city. At its heart is Romola, the devoted daughter of a blind scholar, married to the clever but ultimately treacherous Tito whose duplicity in both love and politics threatens to destroy everything she values, and she must break away to find her own path in life. Described by Eliot as ‘written with my best blood’, the story of Romola’s intellectual and spiritual awakening is a compelling portrayal of a Utopian heroine, played out against a turbulent historical backdrop.


The more I go through this list the more classics I realise I have not read and want to read.


5. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott


Ivanhoe (1819) was the first of Scott’s novels to adopt a purely English subject and was also his first attempt to combine history and romance, which later influenced Victorian medievalism. Set at the time of the Norman Conquest, Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and the love of Rowena and becomes involved in the struggle between Richard Coeur de Lion and his Norman brother John. The gripping narrative is structured by a series of conflicts: Saxon versus Norman, Christian versus Jew, men versus women, played out against Scott’s unflinching moral realism.




I must admit I have never read a book by Scott so I think I will keep this on the list and try and read it ASAP.



That is my maximum for today as it has taken a lot longer than imagined because I have noticed Goodreads has jumbled up my TBR list and so I’m getting doubles, this has meant I’ve had to make a list before I started todays post to make sure I did not repeat certain books. Has anybody else found this problem?

Anyway, no books discarded today so the list stays the same.

Happy Reading.