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Stefanie

Those Persephones look so pretty all grouped together as do the Viragos. I am now going to be on the lookout for that Joyce Dennys book!

Darlene

You should have seen the happy dance I performed last Saturday at spotting Thank Heaven Fasting in a second-hand shop in Toronto. To find a Delafield signed by the author herself...well I can only imagine that my smelling salts would have to come out!

I am so enjoying these feature presentations, Danielle, and thanks, Simon, for letting us have a peek.

Cornflower

This is so you, Simon!
I must look out for that Joyce Dennys as I love her Henrietta books.

Simon T

Thanks so much for having me, Danielle! I'd forgotten, when I picked Gay Life, that we'd read it together (as it were) - that was so fun, we should definitely do that again for another Lost in the Stacks -type book.

Kathy

How lovely to take a peek into Simon's domain--I am definitely going to visit his blog more often, too. I am jealous of all those Persephones, and of the signed Delafield. Imagine the fun he'll have when he can reunite his entire collection!

Desperate Reader

Lovely post, and lovely series of posts. I do enjoy nosing around other peoples bookshelves.

Ali

Lovely lovely shelves, and such beautiful books.
I too keep all my Persephone books together.

vicki (bibliolathas/skiourophile)

I'm not sure I own enough series to group them together, but it is *such* a pleasing look - loved this glimpse at Simon's books.

Danielle

I have a feeling that Dennys book might be hard to find--one that you happen upon unexpectedly perhaps? Those Persephones do look nice together. I keep thinking I need a new bookcase just for my own Viragos and Persephones. Not sure where the bookcase would fit, but surely I must be able to squeeze it in somewhere?

Danielle

Isn't it nice when you find a good book like that by chance? I found two Viragos I didn't own when I visited my favorite local used bookstore earlier this week. I was very pleased--though nothing so nice as an autographed copy by the author! Now that really would be a lucky find. Very glad you are enjoying these posts by the way! :)

Danielle

I have two of Joyce Dennys' books (and I recall you writing about them, too--wasn't it through your suggestion that Bloomsbury reissued them?), which I think I now must go and grab off my shelf. WWII-period books seem to be what I am reading most at the moment. It would be sort of fun to share the photos of people's libraries but anonymously and see if anyone guesses who they belong to--but you're right--these photos really do have Simon's name written all over them!

Danielle

Thanks for sharing your photos and your answers Simon--I have been enjoying looking at everyone else's books so much. It was fun reading Gay Life in tandem and I would love to read along again sometime in the future. I am hoping to read the Elizabeth Von Arnim along with the Doves--and already have my copy pulled off my shelves. I'm always up for a Lost in the Stacks-type book by the way! :)

Danielle

He does have a really good collection, doesn't he? I have a pretty good stack, but definitely not two and a half shelves-worth. I'm envious, too (plus all those Viragos and older Penguin editions, which I think are really cool, too). I would hate to be cut off from most of my books--a good reason to visit home often!

Danielle

Each library is so different and reveals so much personality. It is fun looking at how people arrange their books and what hidden treasures they have.

Danielle

It's a really nice space, I agree! I have my unread Persephones in my bedroom on one bookcase and my read ones in a small bookroom downstairs. I think I'd like to have a bookcase to devoted to them, however, now that I see how pretty they look all together! :)

Danielle

An excuse to increase your collection? :) They do look nice sitting there all together. I would love to have all my Viragos and Persephones together--maybe someday!

Caroline

Now I need to use the term that someone coined - shelf envy - all those Persephone's and Virago's. I'll also have to look at the recommendations.
Another great post.

Caroline

And btw - that's a PhD theme I find really fascinating.

Alex in Leeds

I sprinkle my Persephones and VMCs in amongst the other books but I do love the solid, identifiable colour blocks of them on Simon's shelves!

I'm surprised to see G B Stern's name though - I bought a book by her this week, I'd not heard of her before and there was no blurb... but it was jacketed in a Penguin-like series of books that I am collecting/dipping into. I'm not an addict, I can stop anytime etc etc etc :)

ted

Another book blogger working on your dissertation (me too). It's an interesting genre - I wonder what draws you to it?

Cornflower

Yes, Joyce Dennys was 'mine', and it would be fun to try to match the library with the person!

catharina

The shelves breathe a sort of quiet pleasure to me. Probably because of the
blocks of books in the same colour. Very different again and that's what I like much about this series.

Simon T

Best of luck finding the Joyce Dennys, Stefanie, but it's nigh-on impossible! But her Henrietta books are fab, and they're easy to buy.

Simon T

I can imagine the dance, Darlene! If I'd have stumbled across the EMD in a shop, I'd have fainted dead away...

Simon T

Yes, thanks so much for introducing me to Joyce Dennys in the first place, Karen! I also loved her Doctor books.

Simon T

I must dig out the E von A, and hopefully join in - especially if it went on Erika's best ever books.

Simon T

I can't wait, Kathy! Although I do worry how they'll all fit into a single house... The Persephones have been gradually acquired over eight years, and I do love how they look together! :)

Simon T

Thanks, Ali! I do love having these characterful books around me :)

Simon T

That would be such a fun idea, to match libraries with people! Jane/Fleur Fisher has done something a little like this with her piles of books, but it would be lovely to see them in situ.

Simon T

you're very welcome into my home, Vicki!

Simon T

My Viragos used to be spread out a lot more, but I thought they'd look nicely together - how right I was :)

Simon T

Me too! Which is lucky, after 3.5 years of doing it...

Simon T

Intriguing Alex - one day I will read my GB Stern, and maybe we can compare notes on her fiction...

Simon T

Basically it was something that a lot of the books I love had in common - and I wondered why there had been this spate of fantastic middlebrow novels in the 1920s, especially.. and found more than I expected.

Simon T

I do love being surrounded of them - I hadn't thought it was because of the blocks of colour, but I see what you mean - they can be soothing grouped together.

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