I thought it would be fun to offer an optional readalong during this Persephone Readathon. Would you like to read and discuss the same Persephone book together over the course of the ten days?
The results from the first round of voting are in, and the two books that made the cut are: No Surrender by Constance Maud and Flush by Virginia Woolf.
I want this to be open to anyone who’d like to participate, so both Persephone titles are available as free eBooks. Take a look at their descriptions below, and vote for the one you would most like to read (or even just see the rest of us read) through the link at the bottom of the page.
You have until Tuesday, May 28th to vote. I’ll then announce the winner and provide the eBook links on Wednesday, May 29th.
Clicking on the titles will take you to Persephone’s entry for each book, where you can find their description, reviews, blog entries, and a link to the eBooks.
The year is 1911.
Mill-worker Jenny Clegg has grown up in a world where women are second-class citizens to the men they look after. She works all day to provide for her family, but can only look on helplessly as all of her mother’s savings and possessions are wasted by her cruel father.
Her life seems to be heading the same way – even the man she admires from afar believes women only belong in the home, leading her to question if she could ever love someone so against her own sex.
However, a chance encounter with one Mary O’Neil, the young daughter of an aristocrat, changes Jenny’s life for good, and opens up her world to radical political activism. Soon she realises that she holds the potential power to make a real difference…
Set across multiple landscapes and featuring women of all classes, Constance Maud’s No Surrender is a powerful and hugely enjoyable narrative based on some of the true, harrowing events surrounding the fight of the Suffragettes.
From accounts of marches and protests to troubling descriptions of force-feeding in prisons, Constance Maud’s narrative captures the spirit of the Suffrage movement, and offers an exciting glimpse into the thoughts and determination of the women of the day.
This story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, Flush, enchants right from the opening pages. Although Flush has adventures of his own with bullying dogs, horrid maids, and robbers, he also provides the reader with a glimpse into Browning’s life.
Again, you have until Tuesday, May 28th to vote.
Tell us which book you’re rooting for!