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If you are new to Persephone Books, we recommend starting with The Priory, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, The World that was Ours, The Fortnight in September, The Home-Maker, or Good Evening, Mrs Craven. Alternatively, The Persephone Book of Short Stories is also a great introduction to the kind of writers we publish. You could also give us a ring on 01225 425050 - we are always delighted to chat about our books!
All our books are listed by category/theme here, but see below for a few additional ideas:
For someone fed up with contemporary fiction – any of the books by Dorothy Whipple: Someone at a Distance (no.3), They Knew Mr Knight (no.19), The Priory (no.40), They Were Sisters (no.56), High Wages (no.85), Greenbanks (no.95) or Because of the Lockwoods (no. 110); or Marghanita Laski: Little Boy Lost (no.28), The Village (no.52) or To Bed with Grand Music (no.86); or Monica Dickens: Mariana (no.2), The Winds of Heaven (no.90); or Vain Shadow (no.112), Milton Place (no.131) or Expiation (no.133).
For anyone interested in World War Two – Good Evening, Mrs Craven (no.8), Few Eggs and No Oranges (no.9), Saplings (no. 16), A House in the Country (no.31), Miss Ranskill Comes Home (no.46), Operation Heartbreak (no.51), Doreen (no.60), On the Other Side (no.75), London War Notes (no. 111), Maman, What Are We Called Now? (no.115) or English Climate (no. 137).
For the dog-lover – Flush (no.55).
For the keen cook – Good Things in England (no.10), Kitchen Essays (no.30), Good Food on the Aga (no.45), They Can’t Ration These (no.54), Plats du Jour (no.70), The Country Housewife’s Book (no.80), A New System of Domestic Cookery (no.84), Dinners for Beginners (no.96) or The Country Life Cookery Book (no.109).
For the ghost story enthusiast – The Victorian Chaise-Longue (no.6).
For the mother or grandmother – The Home-Maker (no.7), Saplings (no.16), Family Roundabout (no.24), Hostages to Fortune (no.41) or Princes in the Land (no.63), House-Bound (no. 72), Greenbanks (no.95) or The Squire (no.103).
For someone who needs cheering up – Mariana (no.2), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (no.21), The Making of a Marchioness (no.29), The Fortnight in September (no.67), Miss Buncle’s Book (no.81), Patience (no. 99) or Diary of a Provincial Lady (no.105).
For the history enthusiast – William – an Englishman (no.1), Julian Grenfell (no.11), A Woman’s Place (no.20), The World that Was Ours (no.50), Alas, Poor Lady (no.65), No Surrender (no.94), The Exiles Return (no.102), Into the Whirlwind (no.106), Wilfred and Eileen (no.107), The Happy Tree (no.108) or The Oppermanns (no.136).
For a man who does not often read novels – Little Boy Lost (no.28), The World that was Ours (no.50), Operation Heartbreak (no.51), The Hopkins Manuscript (no.57), The Fortnight in September (no.67), Into the Whirlwind (no.105) or Tory Heaven (no.128).
For a Londoner – Few Eggs and No Oranges (no.9), Farewell Leicester Square (no.14), Bricks and Mortar (no.49), A London Child of the 1870s (no.61), Round about a Pound a Week (no.79) or The Call (no.129).
For a sci-fi enthusiast – The Hopkins Manuscript (no.57).
A non-slushy Valentine's Day present – Fidelity (no.4), They Were Sisters (no.56), Daddy's Gone-A-Hunting (no.77), Amours de Voyage (no.82), To Bed With Grand Music (no.86), Midsummer Night in the Workhouse (no.92) or Patience (no.99).
All our books are available gift-wrapped (with the message of your choice) for £2 extra for tissue paper or £3 extra for Cambridge Imprint patterned paper.