Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Sunday Salon


Another weekend come and gone! I was away for most of the week for a conference in San Diego, but I got back late on Friday night/the wee hours of Saturday morning. While I was on the plane, I finished reading a review copy of Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud, which the author generously sent me to review; read all of Every Eye, by Isobel English (review to be posted during Persephone Reading Weekend next weekend), and then most of The Du Mauriers, Daphne Du Maurier’s biography of her ancestors. All three are great reads. My current read is a short one: Sisters by a River, by Barbara Comyns, a novel told from a child’s point of view (complete with erratic spellings), based on the author’s life.

Speaking of Persephone Reading Weekend (Claire at Paperback Reader is hosting and has more on it), I received several books in the mail this past week that I might read: Alas, Poor Lady, by Rachel Ferguson; A Very Great Profession, by Nicola Beauman; Few Eggs and No Oranges, by Vere Hodgson; and The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow, by Mrs. Oliphant, one of Persephone’s newer titles. I actually received two copies of this in the mail, so I am having a giveaway of it here. It's a brand-new copy with the corresponding endpaper bookmark tucked inside! To enter, leave your name and e-mail by 5 pm EST on Friday February 25th, and I will choose a winner on Saturday or Sunday. Good luck!

24 comments:

StuckInABook said...

I already own this, so I shan't ask for it... but just wanted to say I'm keen to hear what you think of the Comyns!

Aarti said...

Ooh, I'd love to enter this contest! I have just read my very first Persephone title- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day- and would love to read more :-) How generous of you to give a copy away! My email is booklustblogger AT gmail DOT com.

Karenlibrarian said...

Ooh, extra books! I'm having a similar giveaway but I'm waiting until next weekend, so make sure you check my blog. The book title is a secret (but I will reveal that it's not the same as the one you're giving away. So now you have an extra clue!). I'd love to be entered in your drawing since I haven't read The Mystery of Mrs. Blencarrow!

verity said...

That is a kind giveaway! I am so glad that you will be participating. We will mention your giveaway in our first weekend post on Friday...

Karenlibrarian said...

Sorry, I just realized I hadn't left my email. I'm Ksagun 13 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Thanks! An don't forget enter my drawing next weekend as well!

Virginie said...

I would love to be part of this !! i love Persephone books and do not have this one yet.

Thanks for this very nice giveaway !


Virginie Menzildjian
vmenzildjian@gmail.com

Paperback Reader said...

Thanks so much for publicising our weekend; we're looking forward to your participation. No need to enter me as it it is a Persephone I own and one I will be posting about this weekend.

bookmarksandteacups said...

What a great lead-in to Persephone Reading Weekend! I love Persephones but don't own this one. I'm kristinmhoffmann at gmail dot com.

Cristina (Rochester Reader) said...

Hi! I found your blog address over on Library Thing. Thank you for this generous giveaway. I would love to be entered in the draw as I haven't read this book.
You have a lovely blog and I look forward to reading your reviews during PRW.
My e-mail address is rochesterreader@gmail.com.
Thanks!

michelle said...

Hi, I found my way to this link here through Clare's Paperback Reader (in her blog anniversary post). Am new to Persephone books but have since been thoroughly sold, after all the glowing reviews and posts by passionate bloggers in the blogosphere. Very much looking forward to the Persephone Reading Weekend too, and to reading all the different reviews & experiences that will be shared. Hope to be able to join in in the fun! Pls enter me for the draw as I am very interested in the title. Thanks for the generous offer! :)

michelle said...

Sorry, my email add is m_foong [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Thanks, again!

thingshelenlikes said...

Oooh, how exciting! Please count me in! (I'm miss_read on LT, by the way.) My email is hkestle AT alumni DOT brown DOT edu. Thanks so much for giving away your extra copy!

kissacloud said...

I'd love love love to enter! Thanks for being so generous! My email address is dreamsongpoem at gmail dot com.

Carolyn said...

I've only just discovered Persephone. Think of all the lovely reading waiting for me! Please enter me in the contest.

Darlene said...

I recently read Few Eggs and No Oranges and absolutely adored it! Special thanks to Verity for pimping your offer of a Persephone title! Please add my name to your list of others: darlenenojATsympaticoDOTca

Thank you!

Audrey said...

This would be my first real, grey-covered, bookmark-included Persephone, so please and thank you! I'm enjoying my Persephone Classic edition of Kitchen Essays and so looking forward to everyone's posts. Thanks!

motheretc said...

I would love to be entered for this one. I am planning on reading Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day this weekend. You can reach me at motheretc@gmail.com

Allie said...

I'm going to be reading my very first Persephone for this upcoming weekend and I am so excited!

I would love to be entered. My email is aliteraryodyssey (at) gmail (dot) com.

carolwallace said...

I'd love to be entered into this contest: I've got a couple of Mrs. Oliphant's other books but you know how it goes -- one must complete the set to the extent possible!

My email is cmcdwh@gmail.com

Oh, and I'm reading Monica Dickens' "Mariana" this weekend. Will report in full...

Quirky Celt said...

I haven't been on Blogger for almost two months - I have just added 8 books to my "Must Read List" from StuckInABook, 4 from Cornflower and 5 from yours! I have another 21 book blogs to go through :-/

Books are the best medicine of all! I would love to be included in the contest!
Happy Reading!

mary said...

What a generous offer. I'd love to read some Mrs Oliphant, her name sounds so intriguing (I imagine a very well-padded lady authoress!)

Katy said...

I saw your comment on the LT board, and had to come check out your blog. I love the Persephones, but don't own any (I've read about a third of them, which our library owns). I also love Mrs Oliphant, and have not read the one you are offering, so I'm adding my name to the raffle! Thank you so much! (kdcdavisATliveDOTcom)

Emily said...

Lovely giveaway! I'd love to add my name to the list: emilysquest@gmail.com . Thanks so much!

harriet said...

Great! please enter me in the draw. drharrietd AT gmail DOT com -- thanks!

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