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26th May 2022

The recent exhibition of Ravilious's work at Winchester was called Extraordinary Everyday. This phrase applies of course to any Persephone book and in particular to Ravilious's wife Tirzah Garwood, whose autobiography Long Live Great Bardfield we publish. There is an echo too of A Very Great Profession, the Virginia Woolf phrase purloined for PB No. 78 about inter-war women novelists, ie. the greatest profession is that of women who stay at home looking after children and running the house (a rather left-field quote for Virginia Woolf some might think). And 'extraordinary everyday' would be a key pillar of the book we are longing to write, Domestic Feminism. This is a chemist shop from High Street. Well, it's how chemists used to look.

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