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Do you mean adult stories by Fisher? If you haven't read UNDERSTOOD BETSY, you must, must, must. It's online and you can get it in all sorts of formats for your e-reader.


Inspired by your weekly posts, I've decided to read more short stories. I've just finished reading Dimanche & other stories by Irène Némirovsky & I plan to have a collection on the reading table all the time & read one story every day or so. The Persephone collection also inspired me as they've published so many excellent collections of short stories.


I didn't realize that DCF wrote children's books, too! I am sure my library will also have a copy, or I can load it onto my Nook as well. Yes, the story in the Persephone collection is a story written for adults. I think Persephone Books has published at least one of her books, though she write quite a few novels.


I love short stories and read a couple every week (though I have only been writing here about the ones I read in the Persephone collection), so I am always happy to hear when others pick up a collection of stories. I think short stories is a far too neglected art form. I have Persephone edition of Dimanche, too, and after reading her story in the collection am eager to read more of her work in general. The Persephone collection is really very good-a strong selection of stories and I've liked each one I've read! I would love it if they ever considered publishing another (with varied authors like this one, that is).

vicki (bibliolathas/skiourophile)

I've just finished DCF's The Home-Maker (Persephone), and I can HIGHLY recommend it - a marvellous read.

Clive John Edwards

Just to let you know I always read your posts - even if I don't have a useful comment to make on the authors you name. In this case I haven't read Betty Miller or DCF and, indeed, hadn't heard of either. Is this a male thing or a 'this side of the Astlantic' thing I wonder?


Each short story just sounds better and better. You've not yet given me any reason to do other than covet that collection. I'm so glad your sharing them with us, even though I'm rapidly adding to my "authors I want to read" list!


Farewell Leicester Square sounds so familiar. Has it been made into a movie? Could be. Another author to keep in mind.
It's quite a collection you have if you're only one third in.


Oh, how fun to have the stories you are reading lead to longer works by the same author! Good for the reading soul, not so good for the TBR pile!

Buried In Print

I wonder if it was difficult for them to choose the endpapers for this collection (they do such a lovely job with those details, don't they!); you might have posted a peek at them or the bookmark earlier on, but I'm having fun imagining vastly different ones, based on the variety of stories that you've been reading from this collection!


I do want to read it--even had it out from the library last year but was overwhelmed with too many library books at the time, so really must revisit it. I am sure I would love it--maybe I should make it my next Persephone purchase (the library copy was a hardcover and they are not always so fun to lug around on the bus, though nice to have for reading at home). It's high on my list! :)


It is hard commenting on posts about books you might not even have heard about--I totally understand. I am not surprised you've not heard of Betty Miller--I hadn't either until I started perusing the Persephone Books backlist. Ditto for DCF, though, I think she might be better known--or maybe since she is American--better known to me anyway. Maybe it's just a combination of being on the other side of the Atlantic and not normally picking up the sorts of books Persephone publishes. It's still interesting to learn about new authors, though, even the ones you might not be tempted to read.


It is a dangerous collection to have since you (well, I) immediately want to read more books by each author. my reading pile is going to increase with each story I read I think. If you are contemplating buying a Persephone book and are unsure which from their backlist--this would be a wonderful sampling!


It does sound like a good movie title, doesn't it? I'm not sure if it was filmed--may well have been and it sounds like it would make a good movie. I was thinking surely I must be halfway through the book by now, but when I looked through the contents I noted I still have loads to read (a good thing actually).


Yes, this is a case of one book, or in this situation one story, leading to another. It is nice being able to follow a reading path, but with so many other books on the TBR pile and waiting in a mental queue--well, I am never going to make good progress this year with being able to shorten that list! (Hah--what a silly thought--shortening a book list....).


Wouldn't that be a fun part of the book design process--matching just the right textile to the story to create a perfect endpaper. And you know a lot of thought goes into the process. The textile they chose is from a 1911 design--and the first story was published just a tad earlier. I wonder if any of these textiles is still in use and can be purchased--as an aside.... It is fun imagining what others they might have selected.


Oh dear, another name I haven't heard before and who sounds like a most intriguing author. What I've loved about these short stories is the wonderful situations the authors have found for each one. I suppose in a short story the situation must be at least half the material, if you see what I mean. Next time I'm in London I hope to go to the Persephone shop again and I fear this book will come home with me!


I also wonder where short story writers get their inspiration? I mean they have such a small number of pages to tell their story--it has to be sort of concise--though it's amazing how a really good short story writer can convey so much action in a little space. I had only heard of Betty Miller as I had come across one of her books in a Virago edition. Lucky you to be able to get to the real Persephone shop. I hope that someday I'll get back to London and can finally visit them in person!


LOL. I was actually surprised that DCF wrote ADULT stories, since I read UNDERSTOOD BETSY nearly fifty years ago.


I guess it all depends on when a reader actually "meets" an author--whether we think of them as children's authors or someone who writes books as adults. It looks as though Understaood Betsy is a classic and still in print, whereas most of her adult books have gone out of print (save the one published by Persephone Books). I will have to see if my library has Understood Betsy--which I suspect they will. I am hoping to read a few children's classics this year--last year it was The Secret Garden!

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