How many? and How do you get them?

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Abr 26, 2009, 8:14 am

So how many lovely P books do you currently own? Do you collect the grey covers or the classic series? And how do you acquire them - are they generally presents or a treat from you to you?

I have 26 but will be getting another 4 for my birthday next month : ) of those, 1 I am currently reading and 1 is TBR. A lot of mine have been pressies from other book lovers - probably more than half - and the rest I must have bought myself. The internet makes it so easy. Although I did buy three from the Kensington shop last year - on my recent visit to the Lambs Conduit Street shop I was buying for pressies for other people - while someone else was buying for me - and no I didn't see what I was getting : )

Abr 26, 2009, 9:16 am

I own 51, all grey covers. I've bought all but a couple for myself, my daughter gave me the others as presents - even then I chose them.

They have been bought about half-and-half mail order and in person from Lambs Conduit Street, apart from about 6 which I've found in charity shops. (I went into our Oxfam shop one day and they had 12 in there! I bought all the ones I didn't already own, plus one for my sister. That was before I discovered LT or BookMooch, or I would have bought them all.)

I haven't managed to get to London since the Kensington shop opened, but I will do, some time.

Abr 27, 2009, 10:55 am

So far I only have 14, 4 of which are Classics, but I have only been collecting them for a year. I also have 3 of their titles in other editions, which I will upgrade to grey -or Classic- at some point.

Since moving to London six months ago I have restrained myself to visiting the Lambs Conduit Street once, where I purchased a few. The others -bar one, which was a gift my boyfriend bought from the shop- have been purchased via mail order or from Amazon, only if they were a bargain.

I have also purchased a number via mail order as gifts and intend to do so again next month. I am hoping to indulge myself in June when they have their "very special" birthday offer.

Teazle, I am exceedingly jealous of you finding TWELVE in an Oxfam!

Abr 27, 2009, 12:52 pm

I have 13 of them, the majority of which I received as gifts.
For us living in the US they are a bit expensive (considering the exchange rate plus shipping) and so, when I find the same title in other editions, I go ahead and buy it.
I do not seek and collect them as actively as I do Viragos.

Abr 27, 2009, 9:13 pm

I own 14, all dove grey covers. I was fortunate enough to find two in an oxfam. But the rest I purchased myself from the Kensington shop (and two from the Bloomsbury shop). Two sets of three were from requested gift cards!
I am currently reading one and have three more to read when I want to treat myself. I am anxiously awaiting my copy of the biannually (drat it that I live in the US now!!!) and was thinking of ordering then, but bunnyb has peaked my interest...
I have also purchased a number via mail order as gifts and intend to do so again next month. I am hoping to indulge myself in June when they have their "very special" birthday offer.
They're having a June birthday offer!!!! Do tell!!!

Abr 28, 2009, 6:17 am

Yes! but no details yet. It is mentioned under Events on the website:

"It is our Tenth Birthday this year – the first books were published in March 1999 – but like the Queen we will celebrate our birthday in June. Please try and drop in to the Lamb’s Conduit Street shop on Thursday18th June – there will be lunch, tea, canapés and wine all day and into the evening, and a very special birthday offer on the books."

I imagine that the offer will extend to mail order and that they email people on their mailing list... we can but hope!

Maio 17, 2009, 5:15 pm

I have none at the moment but have ordered 10 from the Persephone website.

Maio 21, 2009, 11:49 am

I have 12 and I order from the Persephone website.

Maio 21, 2009, 5:43 pm

I have 11 - a couple were presents, most were purchased at the Lambs Conduit Street shop.

Maio 22, 2009, 1:05 pm

Oooo, I wish I could say that mine were purchased from the Lambs Conduit Street shop!!!!!!

I have 9 plus the Persephone Notebook. The first 3 were purchased at the Persephone Tea in NYC a few years back (with Paola at my side) and we met Nicola! We had our LT buttons on and gave her one too as we told her about this amazing place.

Maio 22, 2009, 1:28 pm

Nice memories.....sigh.....

Maio 24, 2009, 12:01 am

Oh Paola, wasn't that a grand time! Hey - we didn't take any pictures!

Editado: Maio 24, 2009, 1:07 am

I think I will have to work out something different for myself as I am in the U.S. When my order from the Persephone website arrived, they only had 7 of the 10 I ordered in stock and the total for the 7 with shipping was over $125.00 so I don't think I will be doing that again.
I checked on and and both of them have some. I was just way too impulsive and in too much of hurry to start collecting. Some of us learn the hard way. (I still want to be British)
But the catalog and the Biannual arrived the same day as the order and they are lovely. I made myself a cup of tea and sat right down and read them. That made me forget all about the poor judgement I had used with my order.

Maio 26, 2009, 12:04 pm

Ouch. Just divide the cost out by hours of enjoyment then it will seem much more economical!

I wish I was British too. . .

Maio 26, 2009, 12:13 pm

I have always wished to be British, so I feel in VERY GOOD company here!

Maio 27, 2009, 8:32 pm

I have 11 Persephone books. They are impossible to get here so 5 of them were ordered at different times over the internet and 6 were a gift from an internet friend. I've just started reading Dorothy Whipple...They Were Sisters (loved it!) and I'm now reading They Knew Mr.Knight. I'm almost done with the latter and can't wait to start another Whipple. I don't remember an author I loved so much that I had to go through his/her works one after the other!

Maio 28, 2009, 3:39 pm

I am sort of British, although born in New Zealand, have British parents and British citizenship. I even got British citizenship for my son (who has dual). Personally I always longed to be French.

In my next life perhaps... and for those of you following the hair conversation on the Virago site, I want to be French with dead straight hair...

Maio 29, 2009, 12:27 am

I just got my british naturalization papers...but I'm a francophile myself. ;) Now if only I could acquire french citizenship...

Maio 29, 2009, 10:33 pm

I own only three -- The Making of a Marchioness, Saplings, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day -- but the latter two, I bought at the shop when I took a too-brief trip to London a few years ago. I treasure those two especially, as I have very fond memories of that trip (and the kindness of the women working there when shy, nervous me walked in).

I wish I could own more! Oh, if only I made more disposable income. :)

Jun 1, 2009, 1:51 pm

Ha ha romain and hjelliot. France was always in the mix two. As a small girl in Idaho I would tell other children I was a changeling from England or France (it varied with my mood).

The hair thread was funny,I had shockingly blonde hair (it is not quite so close to white now)and always wanted ginger hair. We are never satisfied are we?

Jun 1, 2009, 2:16 pm

It's funny to a Brit that people want to be British! I can only asume that you all have inexplicable desires to talk about the weather in every conversation, to hate the Germans and remind them of their defeat in 1945 at any given opportunity (normally connected to sport) and to keep a stiff upper lip during emotional crises. Pip pip and God save the Queen.

(Marensr - it's a good job that your wishes weren't granted - gingers are not treated well in this country. They are the only 'ethnic' minority that it's perfectly OK to be rude about!!)

Jun 4, 2009, 7:43 am

I discovered Persephone last Fall and now own 15 in total, three of which are Classics. My husband has ordered two for me as gifts, I've ordered a few and in May I was thrilled to be in London, visiting both shops! I purchased seven grey covered titles from the Bloomsbury shop and a friend that I made through blogging, she lives in Teddington, met me and gave me The Priory as a gift. Now I'm out shopping for another bookcase as the stacking has started!

Jun 4, 2009, 2:14 pm

As a Brit myself I think it's marvelous that there are people wishing to be British. Maybe we should have our own naturalisation ceremony on LT for lovers of Persephone.

Jun 4, 2009, 6:34 pm

Oh yes!!!!! Please let's!!!!!!! I WANT TO BE A HONORARY BRIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 5, 2009, 12:56 am

*gets in line behind Paola*

Jun 5, 2009, 11:51 am

*psst we're queuing up we have to start practicing the lingo as well*

Jun 5, 2009, 12:15 pm

I used to be proficient in the lingo many years ago, since I did learn English in England, not here.

Jun 5, 2009, 6:48 pm

If the kids I work with can be relied on - you can learn your lingo from Pirates of the Caribbean. ( 'allo chum' etc). Unfortunately my French is on much the same level...

Jun 6, 2009, 7:49 pm

I am there also---in the line up for the naturalization ceremony for honorary Brits, that is.
I am curious as to when I ordered from the Persephone website, my classics did not arrive with the dove gray covers. I was so bummed!~!

Jun 7, 2009, 12:43 am

luvlondon...what can I say. I think you've made a bunch of us of go GREEN - and that colour is reserved for Viragos! :~) (Lucky lady, you!!)

Belva, the Persephone Classics are their secondary editions, I think to attract the 'non-british' customer with the visual. Though, of course, I want (to be read, I NEED!) to own them ALL in their glorious dove-greys AND the colourful classics version. *ah but to dream* (Honey, where's that credit card?)

Oh, and here's my ticket for Honorary Brit too. Is there still room??

Jun 7, 2009, 11:33 am

bleuroses...I was really worried about the weight of my luggage with souvenirs and book purchases. When the British Airways check-in staff at Heathrow didn't blink an eye I immediately thought "Damn, I should have bought more at Persephone!". What a greedy gobble gannet!

Jun 7, 2009, 1:29 pm

Luvlondon - I looked on your profile page and laughed out loud at your description of how your life was supposed to be - brought home to an Edwardian house in Hampstead - rather than being born Canadian. Very amusing. In your next life my dear... Look for me. I'll be the Sophie Marceau look a like :)

Jun 7, 2009, 5:35 pm

romain - It's quite the joke in my house! Thank goodness for books so that I can live vicariously and groups like this for people like me.

Jun 8, 2009, 12:55 pm

luvlondon....I just had to check out your profile page and it is there that I find you are 'rosesoveracottagedoor'! Why, I've been reading your blog for sometime and of course, have it booked marked for quick reference! May I say what a an excellent blog you have!

Jun 8, 2009, 6:23 pm

bleuroses - Oh my goodness! That is so nice of you to say. I have had the most wonderful time meeting people through my blog and it's been great for keeping up some grammar skills too. What a wonderful coincidence that we met up here and I'm glad to find out that you love Persephone books as much as I do. I'm considering marching up and down our main street with my Persephone book bag slung over my shoulder until a kindred spirit finds me. I can't be the only one in my city! What a lovely group you are.

Jun 8, 2009, 6:43 pm

Hmmm, Persephone Book Bag?????

Jun 8, 2009, 8:02 pm

Oh yes bleuroses, it's true. You know what? You've just given me an idea for a blog post, stay tuned and you'll see what they look like.

Jun 9, 2009, 6:11 am

luvlondon, lovely blog post (I commented as paperback_reader)!

I love the Perspehone book bag. I blogged recently with a photograph of one of my own favourite book bags but the Persephone one is lush.

Editado: Jun 9, 2009, 7:31 am

bunnyb, The Virginia Woolf bag is fabulous! When in London recently, I saw some deck chairs displayed in the front window of a shop in the same style. It's right across the street from the Goodge station if you happen to be going that way.

Jan 20, 2010, 4:26 pm

I can't believe that as a long time lover of Virago Modern Classics and the sort of stuff Persephone does, it's taken me so long. I bought my first 6 from the Lambs Conduit shop on Friday - it's even in sort of walking distance of work. My mum has about 3 on her shelves

I bought 3 in Classics editions - Saplings, Mariana and Good Evening, Mrs Craven and 3 in grey covers - Alas, Poor Lady, Miss Buncle's Book and A Woman's Place: 1910-1975.

I already have The Crowded Street and Round About a Pound a Week in Virago Modern Classics, and The Children Who Lived in a Barn in Puffin.

Jan 20, 2010, 8:50 pm

I have 6! I've ordered from the U.K. twice. It can be rather pricey to the states but I certainly enjoy them well over what I paid! I enjoy getting my little white envelopes from the U.K. :-)

Jan 22, 2010, 11:51 am

I have all but 15 now :)

Editado: Jan 25, 2010, 5:09 am

Wow verity, I can't believe you have 15 to go! Which ones??

I have 25 plus 3 more (Hetty Dorval, The Journal of Katherine Mansfield and Etty Hillsum, An Interrupted Life) in non-Persephone editions.

Jan 26, 2010, 9:11 am

Luvlondon, I've just had a look at your blog and it's wonderful! Definitely one I'll be bookmarking!

I have 33 Persephones - all with grey covers. I also have three or four other books which Persephone has published, but mine are older editions - a couple of hardbacks and some old Penguins.

Jan 29, 2010, 4:48 pm

Update ; ) I now have 33.

Jan 31, 2010, 9:02 pm

Congratulations, Miss Ali!

Fev 1, 2010, 9:45 am

I'm missing

10. Good things in England (White) *
14. Farewell to Leicester Square (Miller)
23. Reuben Sachs (Levy)
26. Brook Evans (Glaspell)
35. Greenery Street (Mackail)
37. The runaway (Hart)
41. Hostages to Fortune (Cambridge)
47. The new house (Cooper)
52. The village (Laski)
64. A woman novelist and other stories (Gardner) *
66. A gardener's nightcap (Stuart)
70. Plats du jour (Gray/Boyd) *
84. A new system of domestic cookery (Rundell) *
85. High Wages (Whipple)

The ones with a * are ones that I have not read.

Fev 4, 2010, 10:45 am

I haven't bought any more Persephones - I feel I should read at least some of the 6 I bought last month first - but I did buy the Nicola Beaumann book in a secondhand Virago edition - I think the first of two editions.