Persephone Books

I have been itching to read a Persephone for a while now, especially after Claire of Paperback Reader and Verity of cardigangirlverity hosted Persephone Reading Weekend at the end of February. I’ve had a hard time finding some of the titles from Persephone Books’ catalog in my library and I just cannot justify the cost of ordering one at this moment. It dawned on me earlier this month that I might be able to find a Persephone or two in the stacks of my library at school.

Lo and behold, my school has six Persephone books available! (I was only to find five of the six titles in the stacks.) While not the beautiful editions printed by Persephone, I am excited to read my very first Persephone. I just don’t know which one to start with first! Suggestions?

  • An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum)
  • The Home-Maker (Dorothy Canfield Fisher)
  • Flush (Virginia Woolf)
  • The Wise Virgins (Leonard Woolf)
  • Journal (Katherine Mansfield)
Photo © Me. “Persephone titles”. Taken: March 29, 2011.


  1. I have read the Wise Virgins, I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it is the best Persephone title out there (solely based on my one other experience with these books). But it is interesting, because it is partly based on his relationship with Virginia Woolf.

    My library had An Interrupted Life too, I’m curious about it. I’d love to read both the Mansfield and Flush. And I have heard that The Home-Maker is interesting too.

    I’m not helping, am I?


    • Haha. You sound like me! “Well, this one sounds interesting but then again I have never read anything by/about Virginia Woolf so maybe I should read something else”. I decided to start with An Interrupted Life simply because I was really surprised to find a Persephone title amongst other Holocaust books.


  2. I adore the books of Persephone Press and am glad to see a blog post that mentions this fantastic publisher. My friend recently gave me a copy of The Priory by Dorothy Whipple and I devoured it. Thank you for spreading the word about this press – they do so much for women writers!


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