Tag Archives: The Persephone Book of Short Stories

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A Few Problems in the Day Case Unit by Georgina Hammick

Today I read the final short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. It has been quite a journey with this book. I was introduced to new authors, had the opportunity to see life from different viewpoints, and live vicariously through some characters! (Sigh!) I am going to miss reading this book! Georgina Hammick’s […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: World Apart by Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald is not a new author to me. I have read two of her books – The Bookshop, and The Blue Flower – and have Offshore (Man Booker winner, 1979) in my TBR pile. It has been a while since I read her works, so World Apart short story was a good refresher for […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A Bad Cold By Elizabeth Spencer

A Bad Cold is a story about a family of four. Pete, the husband, is at home with a bad cold. I got the feeling Pete is not used to idling – he complains to his wife of his children’s smoking habits which he believes to be aggravating his cold! When it does not bring him […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Real Thing by Diana Athill

I went to the dance with Thomas Toofat. So begins The Real Thing by Diana Athill, yet another wonderful short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. The narrator, whose name we never learn, is a young girl, and the story written in 1958 is about the narrator’s transition into womanhood. Diana Athill’s writing […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: What a Lovely Surprise by Penelope Mortimer

Jill, the main character in What a Lovely Surprise; Penelope Mortimer’s portrayal of a middle-class family in 1957, is a housewife and a mother of three children. Jill is turning 39 years old, and her family is getting ready for her birthday celebrations – a family tradition which had started when their eldest child Louisa […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Woman Novelist by Diana Gardner

I was not familiar with Diana Gardner before reading The Woman Novelist. Diana Gardner’s Wikipedia page does not give much information, but according to Persephone biographies, Diana Gardner was a writer/ artist who was Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s neighbor during World War II. The Woman Novelist, written in 1950 is a story of domesticity. Madeline, […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A View of Exmoor by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s A View of Exmoor was published in The New Yorker in 1948. It is reprinted in The Persephone Book of Short Stories, and I found it to be an interesting read! A View of Exmoor is set in 1936, at a time “weddings could be garish.” The Finches are returning home from […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery is Shirley Jackson’s best known short story. I know Shirley Jackson is renown horror/ mystery writer, but never having read her works before I think this was the best way for me to get introduced to her work. The focus of The Lottery is a small village of about 300 residents. The date […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The English Lesson by Margaret Bonham

Miss. Maurer is a new English teacher at a girls’ school. She has to teach seventeen girls in IVa, and so far it has proven to be a tiring job. Miss. Maurer is yet to set the tone in the class, so if she is too kind her students become naughty, and if she is […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Minnie’s Room by Mollie Panter-Downes

Minnie’s Room is the second story by Mollie Panter-Downes that is in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. A few weeks back I read Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, first of Mollie’s short stories in the collection and thoroughly enjoyed it. Similar to Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, Minnie’s Room is a beautifully crafted short story. The […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Spade Man from Over the Water by Frances Towers

Frances Towers is not new to me. I have wanted to buy Tea with Mr. Rochester (Persephone Book #44), her only book (Frances Towers had died suddenly of pneumonia) for a while now. Spade Man from Over the Water is a short story which appears in Tea with Mr. Rochester as well, so this was a […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Wednesday by Dorothy Whipple

Wednesday is the second short story by Dorothy Whipple in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. (I reviewed A Lovely Time earlier) As beautiful and realistic Dorothy Whipple’s short stories are, sometimes they can be a bit agonizing. But pain is part and parcel of life, so it is not necessarily a bad thing. The […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Subject for a Sermon by Elizabeth Berridge

A woman had to add to her usual rules of companion and mother, that of organizer. Naturally this involved sacrifices, loss and pain. It was a struggle all the time, with no medals at the end. Subject for Sermon is another wartime story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. The main character of the […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Good Evening, Mrs. Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes

Good Evening, Mrs. Craven is another excellent short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. If Good Evening, Mrs. Craven sounds familiar to you, it is probably because Persephone Book #8 is also named the same! Persephone Book #8 is a collection of war stories by Mollie Panter-Downes written between 1939 and 1944. Judging by Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Defeat by Kay Boyle

Defeat written in 1941 is anther favorite of mine in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. Its author, Kay Boyle was born in the US. She later moved to London before returning to the US during World War II. Kay has written both novels and short stories even though her novels are mostly forgotten now. […]