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This was one of my favourite reads of last year. I was completely hooked and couldn't put it down. I have Frost at Morning on my tbr pile too and am also rereading the Just William short stories as and when - they are very funny and utterly charming. I know I'll be searching out more Richmal Crompton in months to come.

Kate S.

"Family Roundabout" sounds wonderful. I'm adding it to my wishlist!


How wonderful! My son has always adored the Just William stories, and still likes them now, at 13. I've enjoyed them myself but never thought to read her adult fiction. I shall certainly look out for her books!

Dorothy W.

Interesting! I'd never heard of her, but she sounds great -- there's so much great stuff out there that it's easy to miss! I should start looking for more Persephones -- I know I would enjoy them.


This sounds absolutely wonderful. I haven't been able to buy any Persephones either lately.. just so expensive. But, I'll put this on my list and who knows I may find it!

Margaret Powling

Do you know, I think I have this on the shelf upstairs ... I will dig it out immediately!


Cath--I can see easily why this was a favorite! Pretty much from the first page I was hooked and I was sad to see the story end. I'm very much looking forward to getting two more of her novels in the mail. I'll have to see if my library has any of the William books--just to check them out as well.
Kate--Definitely look for it. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did--I was pleasantly surprised!
Litlove--It's a pity that her books for adults are pretty much out of print. I had never heard of her or even her William books before blogging. Another wonderful find.
Dorothy--I think I've enjoyed all the Persephone books I've read (not that I've read a lot). I'm looking forward to reading more of them, and more of Richmal Crompton's books, too! I know you'd appreciate this sort of 'domestic fiction'.
Iliana--I've been wanting to order a few more Persephones, but the cost has made me wait--so I totally understand that feeling. If you do come across this book, though, definitely nab it.
Margaret--Definitely grab it from the shelf! Someone had highly recommeded it to me, but I thought 'family drama', too boring, but I am so glad I read it. I thought it was very well done! I'd love to hear what you think of it as well.


You have opened up a whole new world of books for me. Since I started reading your blog I have added so many Virago and Persephone books to my reading list. I actually already had a couple Viragos in my library.
Right now I have One Fine Day, Dusty Answer, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and Mollie Panter-Downes' London War Notes all checked out from the library. I also have a nice list of book to request through inter-library loan. These are just the kind of books I have been longing to read and I am so glad you have directed me towards them.

Ann Darnton

I've not bought new Persephones lately either, but this sounds just like the right sort of summer reading. Another one for the list.


Jeannette--I'm so happy to hear that. I really love reading about this time period as well and it is really rich in good books even if some take some searching to find. Don't you just love ILL?! I only had a few Viragos to start with, too, but I think I've collected perhaps 70 now. There's lots of good stuff there to explore. I hope you enjoy the books--One FIne Day is wonderful as is Miss Pettigrew (have you seen the movie--it's on my Netflix queue), and I am really enjoying Dusty Answer!
Ann--Definitely a good Summer read! I've been good about not buying any new Persephones, but I have a feeling I'll be placing an order before the end of the Summer!


This sounds great! I love books like this and the fact you are reminded of Barbara Pym is even better. This is going on the wishlist!

Simon T

Oh, how I love Richmal Crompton. She is so addictive. I do hope you like Frost at Morning - but I am certain you will, which is always the nicest way to pass on book recommendations. I went through a year or two of readings loads of RCs, and am now trying to space them out as treats.


Jaimie--Although Barbara Pym is different, Richmal Crompton has that same subtle humor. She's definitely worth looking out for!!
Simon--I've just got copies of Linden Rise (from Elaine) and Frost at Morning in the mail. As a matter of fact they're sitting next to my computer as I type. I'm not sure which to read first, but I will space them out as that's all I have at the moment. I think it could be easy to OD on her work!

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