Best Persephone Books

Independent UK publisher of forgotten books, by (mostly!) women.
http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/books/
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135 books · 148 voters · list created December 10th, 2012 by Ayreon (votes) .
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Ayreon 2063 books
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Bettie 15578 books
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Luci 21710 books
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Dianna 7628 books
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message 1: by Misfit (new)

Misfit #11 Isn't It Pretty To Think So?. Does it qualify for this list?


message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura Someone is making a joke with this book.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Removed. (Sigh -- this is getting seriously unpretty.)


message 4: by Laura (new)

Laura Themis-Athena wrote: "Removed. (Sigh -- this is getting seriously unpretty.)"

Agreed and it should be reported to GR's team.


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura Themis-Athena wrote: "It was."

:O)


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura Pepper wrote: "#61 Persephone's Orchard is not a Persephone book. :)"

Ohhh dear…


message 8: by Laura (new)

Laura I just deleted it.


message 9: by Hoyadaisy (new)

Hoyadaisy Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the list (and for adding to it, voters). I love novels by British women from the 19c and the 20c up until about 1960. What a treasure this is.

To other U.S. fans having a hard time finding these in libraries: Gutenberg.org has some of the oldest titles. For the others, I'm trying to get at least one title from an author (or reading a really enthusiastic rec. from you all), then buying. Thank you!


message 10: by Laura (new)

Laura Hoyadaisy wrote: "Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the list (and for adding to it, voters). I love novels by British women from the 19c and the 20c up until about 1960. What a treasure this is.

To other ..."


:O)


message 11: by Ayreon (new)

Ayreon Hoyadaisy wrote: "Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the list (and for adding to it, voters). I love novels by British women from the 19c and the 20c up until about 1960. What a treasure this is.

To other ..."


You're welcome, I hope it has proved useful. As for good places to get hold of books, I know Gutenberg has a couple, Fidelity by Susan Glaspell, Consequences by E M Delafield, Making of a Marchioness & The Shuttle.

Openlibrary.org is also a good resource. There are quite a few on there, including the recently published (and excellent) London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes. Little boy lost by Marghanita Laski, Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins, and Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon are also on there among others.

I'm thinking about setting up a companion list for the Persephone list since it's been nearly three years since I set this one up and I've read so many more since then.


message 12: by Ayreon (new)

Ayreon Oh and Persephone themselves have put together a list of available free ebooks right here:
http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/pers...
which is probably more useful!


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura Ayreon wrote: "Hoyadaisy wrote: "Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the list (and for adding to it, voters). I love novels by British women from the 19c and the 20c up until about 1960. What a treasure th..."

Great idea, go ahead!!


message 14: by Ayreon (new)

Ayreon Laura wrote: "Ayreon wrote: "Hoyadaisy wrote: "Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the list (and for adding to it, voters). I love novels by British women from the 19c and the 20c up until about 1960. Wha..."

Companion list. I've thrown a few ideas on there, if anyone has any other suggestions, feel free to add them! https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8...


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