Persephone Books

Persephone Books, an independent publisher based in London, reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction from the mid-twentieth century by (mostly) women writers. According to Persephone, their books “are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial”.

I’ve kept the list of titles below in publication order, but I have also created a spreadsheet where you can view the list in alphabetical order by title, by author, and year originally published. Books I have completed are crossed off the list, linked to my review, and dated with the month and year I finished reading them.

  1. William – an Englishman (Cicely Hamilton)
  2. Mariana (Monica Dickens)
  3. Someone at a Distance (Dorothy Whipple) — November 2014
  4. Fidelity (Susan Glaspell)
  5. An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum)
  6. The Victorian Chaise-longue (Marghanita Laski)
  7. The Home-Maker (Dorothy Canfield Fisher)
  8. Good Evening, Mrs Craven (Mollie Panter-Downes) — September 2014
  9. Few Eggs and No Oranges (Vere Hodgson)
  10. Good Things in England (Florence White)
  11. Julian Grenfell (Nicholas Mosley)
  12. It’s Hard to be Hip Over Thirty (Judith Viorst)
  13. Consequences (E.M. Delafield)
  14. Farewell Leicester Square (Betty Miller)
  15. Tell It To a Stranger (Elizabeth Berridge)
  16. Saplings (Noel Streatfeild)
  17. Marjory Fleming (Oriel Malet)
  18. Every Eye (Isobel English)
  19. They Knew Mr. Knight (Dorothy Whipple)
  20. A Woman’s Place (Ruth Adam)
  21. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Winifred Watson) — June 2011
  22. Consider The Years (Virginia Graham)
  23. Reuben Sachs (Amy Levy)
  24. Family Roundabout (Richmal Crompton)
  25. The Montana Stories (Katherine Mansfield)
  26. Brook Evans (Susan Glaspell)
  27. The Children Who Lived in a Barn (Eleanor Graham)
  28. Little Boy Lost (Marghanita Laski)
  29. The Making of a Marchioness (Frances Hodgson Burnett) — September 2014
  30. Kitchen Essays (Agnes Jekyll)
  31. A House in the Country (Jocelyn Playfair)
  32. The Carlyles at Home (Thea Holme)
  33. The Far Cry (Emma Smith)
  34. Minnie’s Room (Mollie Panter-Downes)
  35. Greenery Street (Denis Mackail)
  36. Lettice Delmer (Susan Miles)
  37. The Runaway (Elizabeth Anna Hart)
  38. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (Julia Strachey)
  39. Manja (Anna Gmeyner)
  40. The Priory (Dorothy Whipple)
  41. Hostages to Fortune (Elizabeth Cambridge)
  42. The Blank Wall (Elisabeth Sanxay Holding)
  43. The Wise Virgins (Leonard Woolf)
  44. Tea With Mr. Rochester (Frances Towers)
  45. Good Food on the Aga (Ambrose Heath)
  46. Miss Ranskill Comes Home (Barbara Euphan Todd)
  47. The New House (Lettice Cooper)
  48. The Casino (Margareth Bonham)
  49. Bricks and Mortar (Helen Ashton)
  50. The World That Was Ours (Hilda Bernstein)
  51. Operation Heartbreak (Duff Cooper)
  52. The Village (Marghanita Laski)
  53. Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary (Ruby Ferguson)
  54. They Can’t Ration These (Vicomte de Mauduit)
  55. Flush (Virginia Woolf)
  56. They Were Sisters (Dorothy Whipple)
  57. The Hopkins Manuscript (RC Sherriff)
  58. Hetty Dorval (Ethel Wilson)
  59. There Were No Windows (Norah Hoult)
  60. Doreen (Barbara Noble)
  61. A London Child of the 1870s (Molly Hughes)
  62. How To Run Your Home Without Help (Kay Smallshaw)
  63. Princess in the Land (Joanna Cannan)
  64. The Woman Novelist and Other Stories (Diana Gardner)
  65. Alas, Poor Lady (Rachel Ferguson)
  66. Gardener’s Nightcap (Muriel Stuart)
  67. The Fortnight in September (RC Sherriff)
  68. The Expendable Man (Dorothy B Hughes)
  69. Journal (Katherine Mansfield)
  70. Plats Du Jour (Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd)
  71. The Shuttle (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  72. House-Bound (Winifred Peck)
  73. The Young Pretenders (Edith Henrietta Fowler)
  74. The Closed Door and Other Stories (Dorothy Whipple)
  75. On the Other Side (Mathilde Wolff-Mönckeberg)
  76. The Crowded Street (Winifred Holtby)
  77. Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (Penelope Mortimer)
  78. A Very Great Profession (Nicole Beauman)
  79. Round About a Pound a Week (Maud Pember Reeves)
  80. The Country Housewife’s Book (Lucy H. Yates)
  81. Miss Buncle’s Book (D.E. Stevenson)
  82. Amours de Voyage (Arthur Hugh Clough)
  83. Making Conversation (Christine Longford)
  84. A New System of Domestic Cookery (Mrs. Rundell)
  85. High Wages (Dorothy Whipple)
  86. To Bed With Grand Music (Marghanita Laski)
  87. Dimanche and Other Stories (Irène Némirovsky)
  88. Still Missing (Beth Gutcheon)
  89. The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow (Mrs. Oliphant)
  90. The Winds of Heaven (Monica Dickens)
  91. Miss Buncle Married (D.E. Stevenson)
  92. Midsummer Night in the Workhouse (Diana Athill)
  93. The Sack of Bath (Adam Fergusson)
  94. No Surrender (Constance Maud
  95. Greenbanks (Dorothy Whipple)
  96. Dinners for Beginners (Rachel and Margaret Ryan)
  97. Harriet (Elizabeth Jenkins)
  98. A Writer’s Diary (Virginia Woolf)
  99. Patience (John Coates)
  100. The Persephone Book of Short Stories
  101. Heat Lightning (Helen Hull)
  102. The Exiles Return (Elisabeth de Waal)
  103. The Squire (Enid Bagnold)
  104. The Two Mrs. Abbotts (D.E. Stevenson)
  105. Diary of a Provincial Lady (E.M. Delafield)
  106. Into the Whirlwind (Eugenia Ginzburg)
  107. Wildred and Eileen (Jonathan Smith)
  108. The Happy Tree (Rosalind Murray)
  109. The Country Life Cookery Book (Ambrose Heath)
  110. Because of the Lockwoods (Dorothy Whipple) — April 2014
  111. London War Notes (Mollie Panter-Downes)
  112. Vain Shadow (Jane Hervey)

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