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High Wages
High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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A 1930 novel by Persephone Books' most popular writer about a girl who sets up a dress shop.
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sisilia
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4⭐️ Awww I love this novel, #PersephoneClub fellows! It reminds me so much of Emile Zola‘s The Ladies‘ Paradise, but softer tone here in Whipple‘s hand. I love the descriptions of their daily life - mornings at Chadwick‘s, the details of things in the bedroom, and the gossips! I time-travelled with this book and I enjoyed the walk in the park 😉

BarbaraBB Sounds fantastic! 1w
LeahBergen Wonderful review! I loved it, too. 😊 1w
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Karons1
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Brilliant Simply brilliant , Someone from a distance is hailed as Dorothy Whipples best and most popular novel, which I also devoured. However high wages is even better in my opinion. What wonderful characters, what a wonderful plot - it just ended far too soon. Many authors are compared to Jane Austen but in Whipples case it is spot on her portrayal of people is very Austenrsque.1st read of ‘23 & ahard act to follow, a great reading year ahead 🤞

Megabooks Stacked! 4w
LeahBergen Ah, yes … isn‘t it wonderful? 👍 4w
Cathythoughts Sooo good. I love the books I‘ve read by her ♥️ 3w
Karons1 @LeahBergen it really is one of the best books Iv read for a while , I feel bereft 😆 just ordered the home maker ready for Februarys read along , I should have got it in the shop when I was there in November ! 🙄my friend did , it‘s hard not to go mad in there isn‘t it ? 3w
Karons1 @Cathythoughts Iv only read someone from a distance , I purchased when visiting the Persophone shop in November they were sisters and they knew mr knight 🤩have you read any other Persophones u can highly recommend ? 🙂 3w
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Aimeesue
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The memorial plaque that Jane notices in Westminster Abbey. Because of course I had to look it up. 😋

CarolynM 👏🙂 Thanks for sharing 1mo
Aimeesue @CarolynM De nada! I always like to see the places and things mentioned in books that make an impression on the characters if I can 🙂 1mo
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Aimeesue
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“Mrs .Greenwood‘s Inhumanity to Me.”Whipple makes me laugh 😂

LeahBergen So good 😆 1mo
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Aimeesue
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I'm delighted that Jane works in a draper's shop. The book should be feeling right at home sitting on Clark, my 100-ish year old thread cabinet, found at a local thrift store. Spools (or hanks of floss) fit nicely in the slotted drawers.
If Jane has to use a treadle sewing machine, I shall very likely die of happiness.
#PersephoneClub

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jlhammar What a beautiful cabinet! 1mo
Aimeesue @jlhammar Clark *is* rather dashing. Took me WEEKS to clean him up, though, and he does still carry the odor of, well, a garage. He spent part of his life holding tools and grubby old nails and screws and such - still had some rattling around in there, along with some pay subs from the 1930s. He's been through some stuff. But he still has his original decals! (edited) 1mo
quietjenn What a wonderful thrift find! Clark would be right at home with Jane. 1mo
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quietjenn Hah, which is pretty much what you said in the caption. It's been a long day. 😅 1mo
Aimeesue @quietjenn 😂 I‘m glad you see it too! Clark is my best thrift store find ever - he was coated in dust and grime and cobwebs, but he cleaned up beautifully. I‘m astounded that he‘s still around, tbh (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen I love Clark! 😍 1mo
Leftcoastzen Fantastic find! 1mo
andrew61 What a beautiful piece of furniture. Perfect with this wonderful book. 1mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen He's just so gorgeous, isn't he? 1mo
Aimeesue @Leftcoastzen I really, really did luck out. I paid a whole ten dollars for him! 😂 1mo
Aimeesue @andrew61 The pairing did make me smile. I can picture Jane rummaging through the drawers to find the perfect matching thread 🧵 (edited) 1mo
Tamra What a perfect combo! 1mo
Aimeesue @Tamra They both make me happy ❤️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads The handsomest Clark since Gable. 😁 1mo
Aimeesue @rubyslippersreads He cleaned up nice! 😄 1mo
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Andrea313
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So glad that I got in a final #PersephonePick before closing out the year! This one was really lovely; Jane's ambition, determination, and self-advocacy radiated off the page. I wasn't feeling the romantic entanglement of the last third, but I was all about the somewhat cliffhanger ending- though could Jane end up anywhere but on top when all is said and done?? Thanks for letting me tag in, #PersephoneClub; it was a pleasure!

LeahBergen Great review! And you‘re so right; Jane will somehow triumph wherever she lands. 😄 1mo
BarbaraBB You can‘t go wrong with Whipple. 1mo
CarolynM Lovely review. Jane was such a vivid character, I‘ve found myself wondering what she did next😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Yes , I would like to know what Jane did next too 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads I didn‘t care for the romance with Noel either, but Jane will always land on her feet. 1mo
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quietjenn
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Finally found/made the time to sink into this #PersephoneClub book, and what an engrossing and rewarding experience it was. Whipple brings the characters and setting to vivid life with well-chosen details and clear-eyed (but not unsympathetic) prose.

@rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Tamra @elkeOriginal @andrew61 @Cathythoughts

LeahBergen Great review! ‘Engrossing‘ is right. 2mo
Tamra I‘m glad you found time for it! I agree, it was a great read. 2mo
CarolynM Such an enjoyable book! 2mo
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BkClubCare I adore Dorothy Whipple! 1mo
quietjenn @BkClubCare this is my first by her, but I have at least two others and look forward to reading them! 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! It was a great read. 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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LeahBergen
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I wasn‘t expecting a story about a WW1-era shopgirl, set in an industrial English town, to captivate me so immediately but it was a complete page-turner.

Will her dream of owning her own dress shop come true? Will she find love? Will she have to eat tripe again for supper? And will she discover that her margarine ration has stolen slivers missing? 😆 Yes, it was the minutiae of daily life that swept me away in this one. Loved it! #PersephoneClub

Tamra Captured perfectly! Yes, the minutia of each day makes a life. 💕 2mo
Aimeesue Tripe! My dad loved tripe. With scrambled eggs. 😂 2mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review and of course I love the picture 😍 2mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review Leah ! Yes , the details were brilliant and made me smile. 2mo
andrew61 Great review leah. 2mo
elkeOriginal Love the photo! Agree the daily life & shop details were delightful. 2mo
Suet624 Tripe and stolen slivers. Love seeing that in a review. 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It does! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Oh dear. 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Thanks! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I wanted to visit the shop. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 😆😆 2mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I am very keen to read more Dorothy Whipple. 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Me, too! 2mo
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Tamra
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Compelling read! I was unsettled about Jane‘s future in the beginning and that did not change in the end. Dorothy did a great job capturing the uncertainties of life. #persephoneclub

@CarolynM @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @andrew61 @jlhammar @Gissy @Aimeesue @willaful

Tamra I was taken by the scene in which Jane is exhilarated by finally being alone. She is captain of her own ship! I hated to see her give it up for a relationship she knew was fated to be the source of remorse. Dorothy conveys how we are susceptible to the irrational power of love, even when it is not in our best interests (Maggie, Lilly, & Jane). (edited) 2mo
elkeOriginal @Tamra RE: your spoiler comment = EXACTLY! Exhilarated, then sad = me 2mo
Cathythoughts I was worried about her selling up and moving to London .. but I think it was a courageous and wise decision. I hope Lily‘s husband stayed on the straight and narrow. I‘m sure Jane and Mrs. Briggs will stay close. Also , I hope ( and believe) Jane will find love again in her life ,and in a way that is free and works. I wonder how Maggie faired out ? Great characters ❤️ 2mo
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Tamra @Cathythoughts oh yes - I meant Lily, but I guess it really applies to all 3! I agree in the end it was the right decision, but I was disappointed initially when she was going to sell and run away with Noel. (edited) 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts no doubt Jane will be okay - she‘s a highly resourceful character! 💪🏾 😁 2mo
LeahBergen Ooo, I can‘t wait to peek under the spoilers. 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts I think she is a highly resourceful character too. I hope she will find love in her life. Her business will flourish 💫 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen 😂 it‘s like having presents to open! 🎁 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @elkeOriginal @Cathythoughts I was SO sad when she was selling her little shop! I feel that she‘ll definitely make a go of it in London, though, and I also thought that she and Wilfred might eventually get together (especially after that bit where she calls him her best friend). I also wondered what happened to Maggie! I was surprised that she remained so unforgiving. 2mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Giving up the shop made me so sad. After all her progress & independence that decision was disappointing. I loved the book so much until that point! We can assume she will be fine, but that will happen offscreen - I want to SEE her happy ending 🙁 2mo
rubyslippersreads I hated to see Jane give up her lovely shop, but I think she needs new worlds to conquer. Maybe she‘ll even have jobs for some of her former employees. And I ❤️ Mrs. Briggs. 1mo
Tamra @rubyslippersreads I loved her character too! ❤️ 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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I was engaged with this story from the very beginning to the end. An absolute delight of a book. I loved the small town setting and the characters. I also loved the drapery , the clothes, and the beginning of the ready made dresses and blouses. Books and clothes are two of my favourite things 👌🏻#PersephoneClub

LeahBergen Lovely review and I feel just the same! I‘m looking forward to finishing it. 😊 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful! ❤️ 2mo
CarolynM Yes, the clothes and the characters! The last 50 pages were a bit of a surprise, though. 2mo
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batsy Lovely review! Sounds delightful 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain It‘s very good ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks X looking forward to your thoughts. 2mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Yes those last 50 pages were a bit tense. Wasn‘t expecting that ending. 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks, yes it‘s a good one ❤️ 2mo
andrew61 Great review Cathy. I really enjoyed this one, although I have liked them all this year. 2mo
elkeOriginal I agree the clothes, the shop life, the history, were all extremely engaging. The end pages felt disconnected from that base story for me. I loved all that came before though! 2mo
Tamra I loved descriptions too! This could be a visually beautiful film. 👗👒 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m loving this so far. 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Oh, I‘d love to see this as a film! 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @CarolynM I was surprised, too! I was all, “Noooo! Don‘t give up your little shop for stupid Noel!” 😆😆 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @CarolynM That‘s exactly what I thought (especially the “stupid Noel” part). 😆 1mo
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CarolynM
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This is another one of those Persephone books where the author has made a captivating reading experience out of a lot of very small incidents of daily life (until the last 50 pages where the drama ramped up a bit). Very enjoyable. Spoiler comment below for those who‘ve finished.
#PersephoneClub

CarolynM I liked the ambiguous ending, but it‘s left me feeling a bit sad. I don‘t think Wilfred is destined for happiness. Either Jane will be ok without him, or if she “settles” for him I can‘t see it going well. 2mo
Tamra @CarolynM I agree! I need to post my review, but I‘m left unsettled, but not in a negative way. 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes it left me feeling a bit sad too. I think Jane and Wilfred will be firm friends, and I think Jane will find love again with someone else. @Tamra 2mo
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LeahBergen I‘ll come back to this when I‘ve finished 👏 2mo
elkeOriginal I agree about the end. I found it disappointing and the shift in the last pages did not fit with the rest of the book for me. 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I certainly have the feeling that she was going to eventually settle with Wilfred and, like you, I quite enjoyed that ambiguous ending! 2mo
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andrew61
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#persephoneclub has been one of the highlights of my rdg yr discovering wonderful stories decades after their creation. This is a perfect example, a story of a shop girl ,Jane Carter ,who arrives in a northern town in 1912 .The position she takes in a small shop shows how workers are treated in that time, but it then shows that with ambition such a yng woman can blossom into her own career. It's also a love story lost + unrequited. Roll on feb23

Tamra I really enjoyed it too - it was bittersweet. 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review 👍🏻 what a lovely story it was. Really enjoyed too. 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely review, Andrew! I‘m hoping to finish tomorrow. And I‘m so glad you‘ve been enjoying the club! 😊 2mo
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Tamra
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😆 “When people got book-reading together it was, it seemed, dangerous.”

#persephoneclub

Cathythoughts Excellent 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😂 2mo
Bookzombie Love your Mr. and Mrs. Claus! 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 😉😉 2mo
Tamra @Bookzombie thank you - I do too! 2mo
LeahBergen Very dangerous 😆 2mo
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Tamra
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What a beautiful scene this paragraph paints. #persephoneclub

Cathythoughts It does. I‘m nearly finished, loving it. 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I just closed it! 💕 2mo
Ruthiella I love Dorothy Whipple‘s writing! 2mo
LeahBergen So good! ❤️ 2mo
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Andrea313
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Thought I might join in with the #PersephoneClub at last, but Tom had other ideas. Oh, well, maybe later? #BookThief #TomKitten #CatsOfLitsy

LeahBergen Book thief! 😆 I‘m really enjoying this one. 2mo
batsy Adorable! 🖤 2mo
Tamra Ha! Books make lovely perches. 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous ! 2mo
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Tamra
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A rare moment of quiet morning reading! There are some roguish shenanigans going on in Jane‘s world.

You can see I love crunchy toast. 😋

#persephoneclub

batsy Crunchy toast is the best! 2mo
Soubhiville I like mine crunchy too! 2mo
LeahBergen It‘s not toast if it‘s not crunchy! 😆 2mo
sisilia I love the table setting… so christmasy 😍 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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He decided anew every Sunday morning to stand , but not quite upright, leaning on the rail; a compromise of a position out of which he could slip into a seat if Mrs. Greenwood should look round. He was always extremely worried until the vicar had settled himself into his stall.

Well that says it all ! The worry he put himself through over what others thought and the effect on his livelihood and position. High wages indeed #PersephoneClub

Eyelit Ooh! How does one join this Persephone club? 2mo
Cathythoughts @Eyelit We are reading this tagged book at the moment, If you‘d like to join in. It‘s available on kindle as well as hard copy. I‘m sure @LeahBergen will add you to the group if you‘d like 👍🏻😄 2mo
Cathythoughts @Eyelit Let us know if you‘d like to join in. 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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LeahBergen Can‘t you just picture him?? I‘m loving this book so far. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @Eyelit I‘ve closed the club to voting members who select our reads (we already have enough people that we‘ll be suggesting books into 2024 😆) but anyone is welcome to read along with us and discuss any of the selections. We read a Persephone book together every two months. I‘ll tag you when I post the 2023 schedule. 😊 2mo
Eyelit @LeahBergen got it, thanks! Yes, please tag me. 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I‘m loving it too, and all the materials and ribbons and style. I think I‘d like to read a copy of Janes ‘ Home Chat ‘ magazine… might get a few tips 😂 2mo
Oryx I loved this one! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Oryx Yes ! It‘s particularly good ! 2mo
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Tamra
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Ahhh, one of ours! 📖

#persephoneclub

Tamra I feel sorry for Maggie! 3 chapters in and the atmosphere feels unsettled/precarious. I‘m enjoying it, wondering where the story is headed. 2mo
charl08 🤣🤣 2mo
LeahBergen Love it! 😆 I can‘t wait to get started. 2mo
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CarolynM 🤣 I‘m enjoying it a lot! 2mo
Tamra @CarolynM yes! 2mo
Cathythoughts I really need to get started with this one … maybe tonight 🤞🏻😁 2mo
Cathythoughts I feel sorry for Maggie too. Really enjoying 👍🏻 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts yay! 😃 2mo
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Karons1
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Our bath weekend book 📚 haul trip 😍🫶🏻#persephonebookshop #persephone

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LeahBergen
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Hello! I was mulling over how to do our voting order and decided to just go alphabetically (by Litsy user name). We have 11 members so it looks like we‘ll be covering most of 2024 now. 😆

Here‘s our order: @Aimeesue @andrew61 @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @elkeOriginal @Gissy @jlhammar @LeahBergen @quietjenn @rubyslippersreads @willaful

@Aimeesue and @andrew61 : Please make a post with 2 Persephone books for us to vote on for February & April. 👇

LeahBergen Once we have those votes in, I‘ll get the next two members to post their choices. This should eliminate too much overlap of book choices. 2mo
LeahBergen As a reminder: we read a Persephone book every two months (February, April, June, August, October, and December). 2mo
CarolynM Wow, planning into 2024! Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s choices🙂 2mo
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Aimeesue So just to be clear for the new girl, you've only read the six from 2022 together, yes? I should like to avoid proposing a repeat. Because that is totally something I would accidentally do. 😁 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Yes, sorry! I should‘ve mentioned that. We‘ve only read the six in my previous post as a group. I can‘t wait to see what you propose! 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I know! 😆😆 It‘s kind of fun to think of all of our upcoming chats together. 😆 2mo
CarolynM Absolutely😆 2mo
elkeOriginal Plenty of time to order books for 2024! 😉😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Great planning Leah ! We‘ll done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 very excited to see the choices. 2mo
quietjenn Thanks for organizing! So looking forward to the choices. 2mo
Karons1 Hello 👋🏻 Iv just returned from bath and spent a fortune in the delightful Persephone book shop and This book was one of my picks , so can I join your little group please 🙏🏻 😁happy Sunday x x. X x x x 2mo
Karons1 @LeahBergen I would also vote for Dorothy whipples high wages 👍 2mo
andrew61 I'm sorry leah, do you want me to suggest 2 books as possible reads for feb/April 2023 and then there will be a vote ? 2mo
jlhammar Great plan! Thanks so much. 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Oh, sorry! I had just assumed that you saw how our voting went last year 😆. @aimeesue is suggesting 2 books for February and you will be suggesting 2 books for April. Make a post showing your two choices and the group will vote. The one with the higher amount of votes will be our read for that month. 2mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 Ooo, lucky you! High Wages is actually our group for this month. It‘s a casual buddy read; just comment and chat on other‘s posts about the book. Did you want to “join” the club (ie; be added to our alphabetical list to offer up suggestions and vote on our picks)? Or did you just want to casually read along with us whenever a title takes your fancy? Either is completely fine! 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @andrew61 Oh, and just to complicate matters 😉… I should have said that your suggestion posts should be posted now (well, whenever you narrow down your choices). Please tag only the people in the above list (and me) for voting and use our hashtag #PersephoneClub. 😊 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I don‘t know how I missed this, but High Wages has been on my TBR list for quite awhile. 2mo
rubyslippersreads @Karons1 That sounds like a wonderful shopping trip! (edited) 2mo
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LeahBergen
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So, with our current read, we‘ve come to the end of this round of the #PersephoneClub and we‘ll now open it up for others who may wish to join.

We read a Persephone book together every 2nd month (starting with February) and each member suggests two picks for us to vote on for their month. Anyone on Litsy is free to read and discuss with us, of course!

Do let me know if you‘d like to be added and if you‘d like to stay for another round!

Gissy 🙋🏽‍♀️ 2mo
Aimeesue Oh, me, please! 2mo
BookNAround I can just randomly join in on the reads, right? I don‘t think I can commit to every read because of my schedule but I do like to dip in occasionally. 2mo
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LeahBergen @Gissy @Aimeesue Yay! I‘m glad you two are joining! 👏👏 2mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh, of course! Anytime you can fit one in. 😘 2mo
willaful Include me in. :-) 2mo
LeahBergen @willaful Great! 👏 2mo
elkeOriginal I am in for another round! I love the 2-month schedule and how it alternates perfectly with the #furrowedmiddlebrowclub - plus you are kind enough to keep me around when I skip🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Gissy The only situation I have is I don‘t have a bookstore with these beautiful editions and I need to order them sometimes from Bookdepository or Waterstones, which means it will take sometimes three weeks to arrive😳I will need to know in advanced which book we are going to read, maybe early in January for the first book😬 I‘m so happy I‘m going to collect books from this publisher😍I added a couple of titles you read this year to my wish list🤗 2mo
sisilia I‘m with @BookNAround 😅 2mo
jlhammar Okay, twist my arm. 😆 I‘d love to read along with you all next year. Thank you! I‘ve been meaning to try some Persephone titles. I want the physical books (so pretty) so am in the same situation as @Gissy - the more time I have to order the better! 2mo
rubyslippersreads What @elkeOriginal said. 😊 Looking forward to another Persephone year. 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy Yes, I have to order these, too, and they sometimes take over 3 weeks to reach me here in Canada as well! As soon as I see how many people we have I‘ll arrange us in order and get everyone to post their two choices for us to vote on. I‘ll probably do this in batches so that we don‘t all choose the same books to vote on. I‘m hoping we will have our entire year‘s reads planned out all at once to give everyone plenty of time to order. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @sisilia No problem! Just jump in and read with us whenever you can. 😁 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Yay! We‘re happy to have you! 😊 And yes, see my message ⬆️ to @Gissy ; I‘m hoping to have all our choices picked out well in advance. 2mo
jlhammar Thanks, Leah! Looking forward to it. 2mo
andrew61 Thanks for organising leah, I have really enjoyed this series of books and having jumped the gun with High wages find myself as delighted with the storytelling as I have in all the others. Looking forward to next year. 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Ah lovely, Andrew! I‘ve been really enjoying myself , too, and I‘m glad you‘re back on board for next year. 😊 2mo
Gissy @LeahBergen Yes! Can‘t wait🤗📚❤️ 2mo
CarolynM I‘m in (of course!) 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Of course! 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah 👍🏻♥️ Im sitting here with it on my lap presently. Hoping to make a start today. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn Just confirming… are you two back in for another round? I‘m assuming you are! 😊 I‘m going to be making up our new list of people (and order of recommending books) soon. I‘ll then have our members put books up for our votes and post our full reading schedule for 2023. 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh yes ! I‘m back for another round! Loving 🥰 the Persephone 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks for organizing 😘 2mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen oh yes, most definitely! It gives me great joy to be in the Persephone Club. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn Thanks! I‘m loving our little club, too! ❤️ 2mo
Tamra For sure, count me in! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Just checking … do you want to be added to our list of those who suggest a monthly read and vote on the other‘s suggestions? Or are you just reading along with us? Either is completely lovely, it‘s just that I‘m making up the voter‘s list right now. 😆😆 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I am happy to be a tag along. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra 😆😆 That‘s fine! I‘ve made the list alphabetical by Litsy name so you wouldn‘t be suggesting a pick until 2024 anyway. 😆 That‘s what we get for only reading 6 Persephones per year! 2mo
Oryx Oh can I join? I don't need to vote but will join in on the reads 2mo
LeahBergen @Oryx Definitely! It‘ll be lovely to have you along. 😊 2mo
Kristin_Reads I would love to join if its not too late 😊 2mo
HeatherBlue I would also love to join if possible! 🙂 I also wouldn‘t need to vote, but I‘d love to read along when I can! 2mo
rsteve388 I'd like to join if possible. :) 2mo
LeahBergen @Kristin_Reads @HeatherBlue @rsteve388 I‘ve closed the list now for voting members (those who suggest our reads and vote on the picks) as we already have enough to take us well into 2024. 😆 BUT you are all more than welcome to read any or all selections and discuss them with us. We do a casual type buddy read of that month‘s selection and comment and discuss on each other‘s posts and reviews. I‘ll tag you when I post the 2023 schedule. 😊 2mo
rsteve388 Thank you! 2mo
mom_of_4 I would love to join. 2mo
HeatherBlue Thanks so much!! ☺️ 2mo
LeahBergen @mom_of_4 Hi! See my comment (above ☝️). You‘re welcome to join in on any of our discussions, of course! Ill tag you when I post our 2023 reading list. 😊 2mo
Jess_Read_This Can‘t wait to see what gets nominated for 2023!! 1mo
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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It‘s now December so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@quietjenn ‘s pick for us this month is High Wages by Dorothy Whipple. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

Tamra Woot - received my copy in the nick 🎅🏾 of time! 2mo
LeahBergen @Liz_M Thanks, Liz! 2mo
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LeahBergen @Tamra 😆 Perfect! 2mo
elkeOriginal Is this the complete list of what the club has read so far? I want to make a list for reference and I can‘t remember when it started… 2mo
elkeOriginal I read this one a couple of years ago and feel so stressed by my TBR that rereads are an indulgence…because it is Whipple though I will pull it off the shelf and see if it might be worth revisiting - or at least refresh myself so I can chat without saying anything too stupid 😉 2mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Haha! I have that same “bursting at the seams” TBR and don‘t reread very often either. And yes, this is the complete list from when we started. 👍 2mo
CarolynM I‘ll get my copy out as soon as I finish my current read (which I am loving to death and want to recommend to everyone @Centique ) 2mo
Centique @CarolynM oh that makes me so happy! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Centique Well, I‘m off to check it out right now! 2mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 This is what we read together in the past year. So you‘re right on time for High Wages! 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy Here‘s our list of what we‘ve read together as a group. 👍 2mo
Gissy @LeahBergen Thank you! 🤗 2mo
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andrew61
High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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My library order came in for #persephoneclub + I was on the tram to work today so was especially excited to find myself journeying through Victoria Station 110 years after the wonderful Jane Carter arrives for a wander around the streets of the metropolis incl visiting Kendals (still there). This description of the industrial landscape is excellent but what I am loving is the flow of the writing and characters. Looking fwd to seeing your thoughts

quietjenn Oh, what wonderful timing! Can't wait to get started. 2mo
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m excited for this one. 👏👏 2mo
batsy This little excerpt makes me want to read it! 2mo
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Oryx
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Pickpick

Another very enjoyable Persephone. When I win the lottery, I'll buy the whole collection.

TrishB Always good to have a goal 👍🏻 11mo
LeahBergen I love Whipple! 💗 11mo
Cathythoughts Looks good 👍❤️ 11mo
Sparklemn I'm trying to grow my collection over time but it's not an inexpensive hobby! 7mo
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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Pickpick

Quite a marvelously satisfying stack so far for #MarchOfTheModerns!
Will be whipping through more #whipple soon 😍

#persephonebooks #modernwriters

Ruthiella I love Dorothy Whipple. I‘ve not read that title yet, however. 2y
MargaretPinardAuthor So delightful, @Ruthiella 🤩!! 🙌🏽 2y
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MargaretPinardAuthor
High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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I am just ADORING this novel by Dorothy Whipple from Persephone Books (UK)!!
A good bet for #MarchOfTheModerns, happening on #booktube 😊🍀🥳

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typefetishist
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Pickpick

This lovely book was published in 1930 and has lost none of its charm. I will admit I got lost a few times when they talked about certain fashion items (‘gaberdine‘?) but overall a nice story about a young womans struggle to make her own way in the world.

Also loooooved the bookstore, Persephone Books ♥️

#london #persephonebooks #bookshopsarethebest

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thewallflower0707
High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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And my purchases from The Persephone Bookstore, High Wages is one of their most popular books! Love the post card!

#london #newbooks

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HardcoverHearts
High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Huzzah!!! I am so very delighted that the books I bought at @johnsandoebooks have arrived! And just in time for a reading Sunday. These are my first Persephone books, so I am a complete novice. Which one to tackle first?! Help, dear Littens!

LeahBergen Oh, The Diary of a Provincial Lady! (if you‘re feeling like a bit of silly fun). I have this Ariel, too - the cover! 😍😍😍 4y
HardcoverHearts Perfect!! Thanks, @LeahBergen ! 4y
emilyhaldi You can't go wrong with any Persephone!! 4y
Ruthiella Agree Diary of a Provincial Lady is delightful! I‘ve not read the tagged book buy have loved every Whipple title that I have read so far!😍 4y
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Oryx
High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Found a Persephone stash at Art and Artisan Books in Bishop's Castle. Two recommended by the owner, one recommended by a fellow peruser.

Lacythebookworm Score!! 📚🎉 5y
[DELETED] 3803335244 So pretty! 5y
LeahBergen Lucky you! 😍 5y
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Jess_Read_This
High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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When your local used bookstore scores a bunch of Persephones.... much internal shrieking and glee ensue.




#bookgram #usedbookstore #bookhaul #partialhaul #literary #readharder #persephonebooks #modernclassics #classics #bookish #bluestocking

LeahBergen Lucky you!! I have a few of these. What is the title of the one on the right? I loved the FH Burnett book. 💗 6y
rubyslippersreads What a great find! 😍😍😍 6y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I was in shock when I saw them. The one on the right is The Priory by Dorothy Whipple (and it's a larger one too!) A few still had their bookmarks and one had postcards from the Persephone store w a message from an Oct 2008 trip the former owner took. 6y
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Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads Thank you! I am still in a state of shock over it! 6y
LeahBergen Oh, The Priory is so good!! I found ONE at a big book sale last year and was super-excited. This is just awesome! 6y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen ohh!! I'm so glad to hear a good recommendation for The Priory! I am not that familiar with it and am glad to hear good things. 6y
LeahBergen It was the first of that author's books that I read ... and then I had to buy a few more. 😀 6y
quirkyreader Lucky you for this major score. The F.H.B is an especially good score because it was such a great story. (edited) 6y
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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#bookmail Today the Biannually arrived with the bookmark from Madame Solario. I'll send for the latest catalogue in the spring when the latest tittles get printed. #Persephonebooks

LeahBergen I got mine, too! ❤️ 6y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen are the Biannually and the catalog two separate things? 6y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Yes, they are. The catalogue lists and gives a nice synopsis of all their books and is only published once a year, I believe. You have to send them an email to request it, though (it's worth it!) 6y
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BooksForYears Mine was in my mailbox when I got home yesterday. I was glad to have it to read today! 6y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Thanks--I just emailed them. Now I can stop being jealous of everyone who just received theirs. 😀 6y
quirkyreader @rubyslippersreads get ready for something beautiful. 6y
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