The Dastardly Past: In Praise of Persephone Books.
There is little of a dastardly nature is today’s post, mostly because I have been sick and not doing much research. Instead, I’d like to praise Persephone Books of London. If you are unfamiliar with them, rejoice in the lacunae about to be filled in your life and library. Persephone specializes in reprinting neglected twentieth-century books, mostly by women writers. They produce visually and tactilely pleasing volumes at reasonable prices. If you enjoyed the film adaptation of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, for example, you’ll be delighted with the novel on which it was based, by Winifred Watson. In addition to humor, Persephone’s list encompasses a wide variety of categories, fiction and non-fiction, basically something for everyone. I cannot praise them too highly, but I leave it to you to discover them for yourself. You will not be disappointed.