50 | Our Favourite Persephone Books
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Today on Tea & Tattle podcast, Sophie and I are in conversation about one of our favourite subjects: books! In this episode, we're chatting about the London based publishing house, Persephone Books, which has gained a loyal fanbase of readers from all over the world.
Tea & Tattle listeners have frequently asked us both which Persephone books we most recommend, and so we decided to devote a whole episode to this topic. We hope that, by the end of the episode, we'll have inspired our listeners with some excellent reading choices for the colder months ahead.
Persephone Books was founded in 1998 by Nicola Beauman and reprints neglected or forgotten fiction and non-fiction, mainly from the first half of the 20th Century, and mostly written by women. It's easy to see why these books are such Tea & Tattle favourites! Oh, and if you're wondering about my choice of pomegranates to illustrate the header image of this post, then you can read about the significance of this fruit and the goddess Persephone here.
The Persephone shop and office at 59, Lamb's Conduit Street in Bloomsbury is an utter delight to visit, although do make sure to leave plenty of time for a thorough browse, as you're likely to spend hours poring over the beautiful books, stationery, ceramics and fabric available to buy.
Persephone Books have published over 100 books, so it was difficult for Sophie and me to narrow down our selection to only a few. We may well have to do a Part 2 episode next year! Sophie and I decided to split our suggestions into categories: The Persephone Books Starter Kit for first time readers, The Best Comfort Reads, Gripping Page-Turners and Unexpected Delights. If you're a fan of Persephone Books too, then we'd love to hear about your favourites as well, so please do get in touch.
Listen to learn more about Persephone Books and our top recommendations for both new and long-term readers.
- 01:13 - Jump for Joys! Find out what's been making Miranda and Sophie happy lately.
- 04:37 - From Our Listeners - Sophie and Miranda share feedback and interesting remarks from T&T listeners.
- 07:22 - Miranda introduces the main discussion.
- 08:08 - All about Persephone Books.
- 10:07 - Sophie and Miranda share their Persephone Story.
- 13:16 - The Persephone Starter Kit.
- 19:09 - Best Comfort Reads.
- 22:39 - Best Page-Turners.
- 27:53 - Unexpected Delights.
- 35:00 - Special Request: we need help from our listeners!
- 36:15 - Culture Corner! Find out the recent Tea & Tattle cultural favourites.
The Tea & Tattle Persephone Reading List
The Persephone Books Starter Kit
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson.
- Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski.
- Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple.
- To Bed With Grand Music by Marghanita Laski.
- Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson.
- Greenery Street by Denis Mackail.
- Mariana by Monica Dickens.
- The Fortnight in September by R C Sherriff.
- Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon.
- The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski.
- The Expendable Man by Dorothy B Hughes.
- Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton.
- The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.
- Julian Grenfell by Nicholas Mosley.
- Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll.
- William - an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton.
- Tea with Mr Rochester by Frances Towers.
- Fidelity by Susan Glaspell.
- Miranda's blog post about her family gathering in Cornwall.
- Persephone Books.
- The Persephone Letter, Forum and Post.
- Subscribe to the Persephone Mailing List to receive the excellent (and free!) biannual magazine.
- Persephone events (the annual Christmas fair on 7th December is a must!).
- Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay.
- Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuschia Dunlop.
- Sophie's instagram: @sophie_perdita.
- Miranda's instagram: @mirandasnotebook and @mirandasbookcase.
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There are so many authors we never would have discovered without Persephone Books.
- Sophie and Miranda
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, we love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know:
What is your Persephone Story? How did you first hear about the publishing company, and which are your favourite reads? Are you inspired to try any of our recommendations?
Sophie and I need your help! Our next conversation together will air on 7th November, which marks exactly one year of Tea & Tattle podcast. We are amazed and proud to realise how far Tea & Tattle has come in a year, and we'd love to have your help in creating a special celebratory episode to mark our podcast anniversary. Part of the episode will be devoted to questions from our listeners, so please do ask us anything you'd like to know about ourselves or Tea & Tattle. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on instagram (@mirandasnotebook and @sophie_perdita). We'll do our best to answer all your questions!
Remember to tune in to Tea & Tattle again next Tuesday for a special Halloween episode. Miranda will be in conversation with the art historian, Susan Owens, about her new book, The Ghost: A Cultural History, which explores the significance of ghosts in art and literature. It's a spine-tingling conversation!