Monday, 26 October 2009

On being published

The Persephone Books endpaper design for High Wages by Dorothy Whipple

I have finally received my copy of The Persephone Biannually through the post which is not only exciting because I love reading the Biannually but because in this edition of the Biannually I have been quoted in the 'Our Bloggers Write' section! I found out last week from Rachel at Book Snob and was immediately bursting with excitement as it was completely unexpected and made my week. But I had to wait for days and days before my copy came through the letterbox. At long last it arrived and I frantically ripped open the plactic wrapper like a mad woman and there it was - in print. My quote is happily next to lots of other quotes from familiar bloggers such as Simon at StuckinaBook, Claire at Paperback Reader, Claire of KissaCloud and Rachel at Book Snob.

Once the excitement of seeing my little quote in print faded I was able to settle down and read the Biannually. I am now completely over excited by the publication of Dorothy Whipple's High Wages. I cannot wait to find out what happens to Jane who works in the Draper's shop. Whipple, is fantastic at characterisation and bringing the ordinary, everyday, monotonous and tedious aspects of humanity to life with a view to dissection. She is highly moral in tone and a tad all-knowing but you can sink in to one of her books and look over her characters shoulders as they battle with ordinary aspects of life during the early twentieth century. History books leave out the 'small things' so it is to writers like Whipple that we turn to gain a sense of what went on in the domestic world; what went on in everyday life. I cannot wait to get my hands on the latest Whipple offering from Persephone Books.

10 comments:

  1. We are published online every time we write a blog post but there is something wonderfully special about seeing our name in print. Well done us!

    I'm not buying any new books currently but may cave and buy the new Laski over the new Whipple first but one day I will have all of the Whipple Persephones on the gray shelf/shelves as I love her rawness and readability.

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  2. I know wasn't it wonderful having our names in the Persephone Biannually, of all publications?! It made my day too! What bookmark did you get?

    I loved the Whipple story too and I am ITCHING to get my hands on High Wages! Pay day is coming!

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  3. Congratulations! I am glad that I preordered my copy of the Laski (and paid) before my current book ban...

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  4. Congratulations to all of you on making it in print! Thanks for the reminder about the Biannually...I'm grabbing my keys and off to check the mailbox for my copy.

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  5. How nice for you to have your comment in there! I still don't have my copy of the Biannually but I'll be sure to take a look at the bloggers page ... and I can't wait to read the Whipple short story. The only book of hers I've read so far is Someone At A Distance which I loved. I really need to get some more at some point.

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  6. How exciting! I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive...

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  7. Yay! I don't have a copy yet but so excited! I told my husband about it and he was even more ecstatic than I was. :)

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  8. Yay for getting quoted in the Persephone mag! Love that endpaper for High Wages, like the sound of it, too.

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  9. I just received my copy yesterday and saw your quote in there. How exciting! I hope you don't have to wait too long to get the new Dorothy Whipple.

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  10. Congrats! That definitely is a great feeling :)

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