While I haven’t managed to read a Persephone book so far during the Persephone Readathon hosted by Dwell in Possibility blog, I have been inspired by Simon’s recent post in which he ranks the Persephone books he has read, which is an amazing 57! At the end of his post he says ” I’d love it if other people wanted to go crazy and rank all the Persephones they’ve read.” So I have, and here they are – all five of them – in reverse order with my favourite at the end:
5. Little Boy Lost by Marganita Laski (review) – A father goes in search of his lost son after the family was split during the war. But is the most likely candidate the right boy?
4. Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple (review) – A family drama set in a northern town. before and after WWI.
3. The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski (not reviewed) – One to re-read. A really suspenseful timeslip novella with a slight horror edge!
2. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (capsule review) – A frothy Cinderella story. Lovely – and with some fab illustrations.
1. The Hopkins Manuscript by R.C. Sheriff (review) – Science Fiction and an Apocalypse are not what you think of as a Persephone novel. But Sheriff’s human story of life after the Moon starts falling towards the Earth is classic Persephone fare. Love those endpapers below too.
R.C. Sheriff – The Hopkins Manuscript (1939), Persephone Books – 2005. 440 pages.