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Persephone books make the perfect present for:

The newly-wed – Greenery Street (no.35) or How to Run Your Home Without Help (no.62)

The keen cook – Good Things in England (no.10), Kitchen Essays (no.30), Good Food on the Aga (no.45), They Can’t Ration These (no.54) , Plats du Jour (no.70), The Country Housewife’s Book (no.80), A New System of Domestic Cookery (no. 84),  Dinners for Beginners (no. 96) or The Country Life Cookery Book (no. 109) 

The ghost story enthusiast – The Victorian Chaise-Longue (no.6)

Someone fed up with contemporary fiction – any of the books by Dorothy Whipple: Someone at a Distance(no.3), They Knew Mr Knight (no.19), The Priory (no.40), They Were Sisters (no.56), High Wages (no.85), Greenbanks (no.95) or Because of the Lockwoods (no. 110); or Marghanita Laski: Little Boy Lost (no.28), The Village (no. 52) or To Bed with Grand Music (no. 86); or Monica Dickens: Mariana (no.2), The Winds of Heaven (no. 90) or Vain Shadow (no. 112)

The World War Two enthusiast – Good Evening, Mrs Craven (no.8), Few Eggs and No Oranges (no.9), Saplings (no. 16), A House in the Country (no.31), Miss Ranskill Comes Home (no. 46), Operation Heartbreak (no. 51), Doreen (no. 60), On the Other Side (no.75), London War Notes (no. 111) or Maman, What Are We Called Now? (no. 115)

The dog-lover – Flush (no.55)

The keen gardener –Gardener’s Nightcap (no.66) or Gardeners' Choice (no.114) 

The mother or grandmother – The Home-Maker (no.7), Saplings (no.16), Family Roundabout (no.24), Hostages to Fortune (no.41) or Princes in the Land (no.63), House-Bound (no. 72), Greenbanks (no.95) or The Squire (no.103)

The crime novel enthusiast – The Blank Wall (no.42), The Expendable Man (no.68), Still Missing (no.88) or Harriet (no. 97)

The feminist –  The Home-Maker (no. 7), A Woman’s Place (no. 20), Alas, Poor Lady (no. 65) The Crowded Street (no. 76) or No Surrender (no. 94) or A Lady and Her Husband (no.116)

Someone who needs cheering up – Mariana (no.2), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (no.21), The Making of a Marchioness (no.29), The Fortnight in September (no. 67) , Miss Buncle’s Book (no.81), Patience (no. 99) or Diary of a Provincial Lady (no.105)

The son or daughter who has just left home – How to Run Your Home Without Help (no.62) or Dinners for Beginners (no. 96)

The traveller –  Every Eye (no.18), The Far Cry (no.33), Hetty Dorval (no.58), Into the Whirlwind (no.106) or The Godwits Fly (no. 117)

The history enthusiast – William – an Englishman (no.1), Julian Grenfell (no.11), A Woman’s Place (no.20), The World that Was Ours (no.50)  Alas, Poor Lady (no.65), No Surrender (no.94), The Exiles Return (no.102), Into the Whirlwind (no. 106), Wilfred and Eileen (no. 107) or The Happy Tree (no. 108)

The child who’s bored of Harry Potter – The Children Who Lived in a Barn (no.27), The Runaway (no.37) or The Young Pretenders (no.73)

The poetry enthusiast – It’s Hard to be Hip over Thirty (no.12), Consider the Years (no.22), Lettice Delmer (no.36) or Amours de Voyage (no.82)

The man who does not often read novels – Little Boy Lost (no.28), The World that was Ours (no. 50), Operation Heartbreak (no.51), The Hopkins Manuscript (no.57), The Fortnight in September (no. 67) or Into the Whirlwind (no. 105)

The ecologically-minded – They Can’t Ration These (no.54) or The Hopkins Manuscript (no.57)

The Bloomsbury Group devotee – Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (no.38), The Wise Virgins (no.43), Flush (no.55) or A Writer's Diary (no. 98)

The Londoner – Few Eggs and No Oranges (no.9),  Farewell Leicester Square (no. 14), Bricks and Mortar (no.49), A London Child of the 1870s (no.61) or Round about a Pound a Week  (no.79) 

The intellectual – Fidelity (no.4), Farewell Leicester Square (no.14), Every Eye (no.18) or The Montana Stories (no.25)

The sci-fi enthusiast – The Hopkins Manuscript (no.57)

To slip in a Christmas stocking – The Victorian Chaise-Longue (no.6), Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (no.38) or Hetty Dorval (no.58)

The architect – The New House (no.47), Bricks and Mortar (no.49) or The Sack of Bath (no.93)

The romantic – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (no.21), Brook Evans (no.26),  Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary (no.53) or The Shuttle (no. 71)

The non-slushy Valentine's Day present – Fidelity (no.4), They Were Sisters (no.56), Daddy's Gone-A-Hunting (no.77), Amours de Voyage (no.82),To Bed WIth Grand Music (no.86), Midsummer Night in the Workhouse (no.92) or Patience (no.99)

The film buff (these are the books which have been turned into films): The Home-Maker (no. 7), They Knew Mr Knight (no.19), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (no. 21), Little Boy Lost (no. 28), Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (no. 38), The Blank Wall (no.42), Operation Heartbreak (no. 51) or They Were Sisters (no. 56) 

The radio buff (these are the books which have been dramatised or read on Radio 4): Good Evening, Mrs Craven (no. 8), Tell it to a Stranger (no. 15), Saplings  (no. 16), Every Eye (no. 18), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (no. 21), The Montana Stories (no. 25, Little Boy Lost  (no. 28), The Far Cry (no. 33), Tea with Mr Rochester  (no.  44), The Casino   (no. 48), The Closed Door and Other Stories (no. 48), The Crowded Street (no. 74) or Diary of a Provincial Lady (no. 105)

All our books are available gift-wrapped (with the message of your choice) for £2 extra for tissue paper or £3 extra for Cambridge Imprint patterned paper.


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