I’m back with another ebook deal and several great Persephone Books finds via AbeBooks.
I couldn’t resist picking up the Booker Prize shortlisted Elmet by Fiona Mozley, when I discovered it was on sale. I read a sample of this lyrical novel set in rural Yorkshire and was immediately hooked. I think Elmet will make for perfect winter reading, and I can’t wait to get to it.
I also added to my growing Persephone Books collection, with three secondhand finds from AbeBooks. I picked up the very first book published by Persephone: William- An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton. This is a poignant novel written in the midst of WWI, about a newly married English couple who suddenly find themselves swept up into the war while on their honeymoon in Belgium. As if that weren’t enough to pique my interest, the novel also focuses on the suffragette movement.
Manja by Anna Gmeyner follows the lives of five German children who were all conceived on the same night. Spanning from the 1920’s to the 1930’s, this novel chronicles the rise of nazism as well as the normal trials and tribulations of childhood and adolescence.
And last but not least, I bought Making Conversation by Christine Longford. This coming-of-age novel featuring a socially awkward young heroine, sounds delightfully witty. Much of the book focuses on the protagonist’s time at Oxford in the 1920’s, which sounds right up my alley as well.
What books have you added to your shelves lately?