I spent a beautiful Summer weekend reading "Diary of a Provincial Lady" by E. M. Delafield. Happy weather, happy book! Delafield wrote thinly veiled stories of her real life in the British countryside, with a very dry wit and many trenchant observations of British society.
I completed 4 of the Mini Persephone Challenges:
* Photogenic Persephones: Share a photo of your Persephone collection and/or your readathon book
Not the Persephone edition, but the best cover I found for "Diary of a Provincial Lady". It combines several Arthur Watts' illustrations from the 1st edition and colors them in.
* In Six Words: Describe your current Persephone read in 6 words
witty family life 1930s British village
* Quote This: Share a quote from your current read
(Query here becomes unavoidable: Does not a misplaced optimism exist, common to all mankind, leading on to false conviction that social engagements, if dated sufficiently far ahead, will never really materialise?)
The Provincial Lady is SO quotable, I'm giving you another:
(Query: Does motherhood lead to cynicism? This contrary to every convention of art, literature, or morality, but cannot altogether escape conviction that answer may be in the affirmative.)
* Persephone Pairings: Share a recipe/drink/snack that you think would pair well with a specific Persephone title
tea and gingernuts (gingersnaps in the US)
This mini readathon was fun! I enjoyed my concentrated reading time spent in 1930s England and the interesting Tweets about everyone else's Persephone books. Thanks Jessie for setting it up. I'll review the book officially soon.