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It was a good ‘book mail‘ day!

This third book of short stories is #PersephoneBooks ‘ 150th publication and celebrates their 25 years of publishing.


Tamra 😍 2w
Becker Love Persephone ❤️ 2w
jlhammar Beautiful! 2w
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Blueroseis That's odd. I had never come across the word Persephone before this week and yet it has cropped up twice within a few days. I've just finished reading 'A Study In Murder' by Callie Hutton and her dog in the story was called Persephone. 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful post .. book looks and sounds great. 💕💕💕💕💕 2w
LeahBergen @Tamra @Becker @jlhammar @Cathythoughts And the bookmark/endpaper choice for this one is so pretty! 2w
LeahBergen @Blueroseis Isn‘t it funny how that happens? 😄 2w
Jess_Read_This Lovely post! I haven‘t read any of their short stories collections. It sounds like I‘m missing out! 6d
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This They‘re a nice way of trying authors that you haven‘t got to yet! 6d
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I‘m reading one of the Beth Gutcheon books I bought after reading Still Missing ( which I loved ) with #PersephoneClub. This one doesn‘t have that terrible dark theme, ( not yet , I don‘t think it will ) a softer story of people‘s lives , marriage, divorce, all the complications of love and loss. The writing I do remember ! She‘s a lovely graceful writer.

Tamra I won‘t soon forget Still Missing! 😳 2w
Cathythoughts @Tamra I won‘t either ! It‘s good to be reading her again , she‘s gifted. 2w
jlhammar Glad to hear you‘re enjoying this so far. I look forward to reading more of her work. 2w
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CarolynM Sounds good. Thanks for reminding me to look out for more Beth Gutcheon. 2w
LeahBergen This does sound good! 2w
Cathythoughts @jlhammar Yes, she‘s a good writer ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Its good 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I‘m really enjoying it , I imagine you would too 😘 (edited) 2w
Suet624 I read this so many years ago that I can‘t remember a thing about it but I do remember thinking I wanted to search for more of her books. 2w
Cathythoughts @Suet624 I‘m loving it. It‘s such a beautiful, ordinary read. I‘m not a romance reader. But this is more like Jane Austen ❤️ (edited) 2w
rubyslippersreads You had me at Jane Austen! 1w
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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This quote made me think of a story my mom told me, about her aunt having a permanent wave (with one of these machines!) She was so thrilled with it, she couldn‘t stop brushing her hair, until she‘d brushed out all the wave. Maybe that would have worked for Freda.

I enjoyed the book, but all I can say is, not one character was better off for having known Mr. Knight. 😏


Texreader 😂😂 3w
LeahBergen Love it! 😆 3w
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jlhammar Great story and images! Oh Freda. At least she didn‘t have to become a school teacher - the horror! 3w
rubyslippersreads @jlhammar I think being married to Coggy would be more horrible. 😂 3w
Tamra The perm was hilarious! Permanent??? 😂 3w
UwannaPublishme Hilarious! 😂 I must show my mom these photos. She‘s been perming her hair for decades. 3w
Aimeesue Oh, that poor silly child 😂 3w
CarolynM Great photos! I don‘t think I‘d want to be attached to that contraption, no matter how fashionable it was to have waved hair! 3w
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM My mom told me another horror story about a salon that caught fire with all the customers hooked up to the machines! 🤯 2w
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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A bit slow going for me, but I ultimately really liked this #PersephoneClub selection.

Whipple has created some wonderful, fully-rounded characters, many of whom aren't particularly sympathetic for lots of the book. The plot seems entirely plausible to me and it's a fascinating and insightful insider sort of look into the rise (and fall) of a “grasping“ family*.

I'd love an entire book about Carrie, please!

quietjenn *it might not be fair to characterize them all as grasping, as it's mostly Thomas and Freda. But, everyone else is pretty complacent and willing to go along and Whipple is all about shared responsibility. 4w
jlhammar Yes, Carrie was great, wasn‘t she? 4w
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LeahBergen That‘s very true about the whole family‘s complacency! 4w
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️ I enjoyed it too. 4w
rubyslippersreads @jlhammar I liked the way that Thomas and Edward sort of changed places, and Edward‘s new, happy life was due to Carrie. 3w
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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Well, now I understand all of the Whipple love. Wonderful read! I always appreciate character interiority and contemplation and she does that so well. #PersephoneClub

Cathythoughts Great review! Yes , isn‘t she a great read. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Bookbuyingaddict She‘s wonderful highly recommend high wages and someone from a distance 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen She‘s so good! 🥰 1mo
Aimeesue Exactly why she‘s one of my favorites ❤️🩷❤️ 4w
CarolynM Nice review. I think I will need to read one of the titles @Bookbuyingaddict mentioned before I make up my mind about Whipple. 4w
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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Many of the talks from the recent Persephone Festival are available to listen to for free (for the next month). I‘m currently enjoying “Wild for Whipple”. 😄 (See link in comments).

@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @Tamra @CarolynM @sisilia @Caryl @daena @elkeOriginal @Gissy @Aimeesue @Bookbuyingaddict @julieclair @willaful @andrew61

jlhammar Good to know. Thanks! 1mo
daena Thank you for sharing!! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Thanks Leah X Wild for Whipple. I love it. I‘ll give it a listen. 1mo
Aimeesue Excellent. Thanks everso! 1mo
CarolynM Thank you! I‘ve been reading about the preparations for the festival in the Persephone newsletters and wishing I could be there. This is the next best thing. 1mo
elkeOriginal A perfectly named talk indeed! 1mo
julieclair Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
Bookbuyingaddict Wow 🤩 thank you 🙏 I was in bath when the festival was on and went to the shop but as I had the pups 🐶 we couldn‘t go to any of the talks 😒 4w
Caryl Fantastic! I‘m looking forward to listening. Thank you, Leah! 3w
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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I didn‘t love this one, a low pick for me. I didn‘t feel much sympathy for anyone besides Ruth, Carrie and, to a lesser extent, Mrs Knight. I guess it was a good illustration of the dangers, both practical and moral, of getting into debt. I was impressed, once again, by the apparent ease with which a young woman could write and publish a novel 😆

Tamra Right? Writing & publishing was a snap! 1mo
LeahBergen Hang on a mo‘ … just off to write a book. 🤣 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes , getting into debt must cause terrible stresses and consequences . Sorry this one wasn‘t for you. I did enjoy it. X (edited) 1mo
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CarolynM @Tamra @LeahBergen Just dash it off, no need for rewrites or editing, you‘ll be right😉 1mo
elkeOriginal Love your bookmark! 1mo
jlhammar Yes, definitely felt for Mrs Knight. Glad she ended up finding a friend in Isabel. 1mo
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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A reread for me. I did start reading , then watched the movie on YouTube which was brilliant. I‘ve dipped in and out sinse… I don‘t think Dorothy Whipple could ever disappoint. I loved the characters , the villain and all ! Loved it ♥️ #PersephoneClub

Tamra A movie?! I will check for it. 😃 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Oh do ! It‘s perfect , I think anyway. ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra It was @Bookbuyingaddict who recommended the movie. Made in 1946 ! Imagine ! 1mo
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EverydayImReading @cathythoughts Sounds intriguing. I might check out the movie. Great review Cathy ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @EverydayImReading Thanks Sinead 😘 1mo
jlhammar Excited to watch the movie once I‘ve finished! 1mo
daena I will also be watching the movie once I finish reading! This is my second Whipple and she really doesn‘t disappoint. 1mo
andrew61 Great review, Cathy. I wasn't aware of a film , ill try and find it but inevitably doubt that seeing the characters on screen will match my imagination. Mr knight has a Cape , is twirling his moustache , and laughing maniacally as he counts his money. 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely review, Cathy. And it definitely looks like spring in your part of the world! 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts @jlhammer oh good 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @daena She‘s a lovely writer , isn‘t she. ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 Loving your description of Mr Knight 😂 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Yes , Spring has sprung. Now if we could just find a way to keep the sun from disappearing again 😁 1mo
Aimeesue Nice review! I‘ll have to watch the movie once I‘ve finished! 1mo
Aimeesue @andrew61 Now I can only picture him as Snidely Whiplash! 🥸 1mo
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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My 5th whipple, + there is something comforting abt life in middle class 1920s England. Her characters are v well drawn, evoking the conflicting emotions in families as aging, trust, + ambition create the perfect soup of a novel, + of course a perfect villain.
@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @Tamra @CarolynM @sisilia @Caryl @daena @elkeOriginal @Gissy @Aimeesue @Bookbuyingaddict @julieclair @willaful #persephoneclub

Tamra Yes, it is a comfort read despite the villainy! 😊 1mo
LeahBergen Great review! And that looks like the wine Mr Knight should be drinking. 😉 1mo
jlhammar April has been flying by! Hope to devote some time to this tomorrow. 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes. Great review! The perfect villain indeed 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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Dorothy Whipple is always an enjoyable read and this one was no exception. As the afterword states, it‘s a “comforting middle-class drama” but I also found it quite suspenseful due to the titular villain, Mr. Knight. It had the feel of a 1930s Rosamunde Pilcher, if that makes sense? 😆

What did you think, #PersephoneClub ?


CarolynM I‘m finding it a bit hard to get into. Probably more about me than the book. 1mo
Cathythoughts I did really love it, and got totally caught up in the story. This would be a reread for me. But I confess to watching the film and then slacking off on the reread … I‘m dipping in and out ❤️ and Yes , definitely suspenseful due to Mr Knight ! (edited) 1mo
andrew61 I enjoyed it as well, leah. The characters are all well drawn including the villainous mr knight. You can't go wrong with dorothy. 1mo
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daena I‘m moving slow, because life. But enjoying it nonetheless. Very intrigued by Mr.Knight, and even more so now by his villany! 1mo
Tamra I‘m still in the middle and enjoying it. She fleshes out her characters well and there is a bit of a snarky undertone I appreciate. It isn‘t an entirely a cozy domestic novel. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind, as usual. 😏 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I hope it improves for you but if not, oh well! We should enjoy our reading. 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to setting some time aside to check out the film! 1mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Yes! Her characters really are so well-drawn. 1mo
LeahBergen @daena My life‘s been a bit intrusive into my reading time lately, too. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It‘s a tad cozy in setting but I felt dread from the beginning. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads 😆 Oh, well! 1mo
quietjenn I'm with @rubyslippersreads and @daena and have quit a bit left to go! 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn It‘s a bit of a Persephone chunkster! 1mo
Aimeesue Still working my way through this one. I do love Whipple, but I‘m stuck in the cloister with the reluctant nun! Both are gripping me at different times! 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Haha! You‘ll have to share your reading time between the two, I guess. 😆 1mo
jlhammar I‘m not very far in, but enjoying it so far. Eager to get back to it. My April reading has not been going to plan! Will hopefully still finish by the end of the month. 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Mine hasn‘t been going as planned either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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