Apologies, Acceptances, and Adorable books


Sorry to take a break without warning you all! I’ve spent a few days in lovely Ludlow with the rest of the Thomas clan. Ludlow, in Shropshire, is my favourite town – feels like stepping back in time. The buildings are all beautiful and old, the streets windy and the atmosphere calming. A delightful antidote to the bustle of Oxford, and some fun times with my family.

I came back to the news that I have a place at Warwick University to do my PhD! The next step is asking for funding, which is, of course, the deal-breaker – and I’m still waiting to hear from Oxford, so nothing has been sorted yet, but it is still very pleasing to have the offer on the table. Even if I have next to no time to sort out my funding application… has to be there by March 2nd. Could be tight. Fingers crossed!

Something remotely bookish should be in this post, really, shouldn’t it… well, why not return with a giveaway? I’ve managed to get two copies of Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson – Persephone’s highest selling book – and so I’m going to give one away. It’s in the grey cover, rather than the Persephone Classics cover, and for those who don’t know it, it’s a charming Cinderella-esque story about a governess who gets caught up in a world of sassy young things, nightclubs and romance. Written in 1938, Miss P is perhaps a little light and frothy, but at the very top of its field – a novel which it is more or less impossible to dislike. If you’d like a copy, pop your name in the comments.

17 thoughts on “Apologies, Acceptances, and Adorable books

  • February 21, 2009 at 1:26 am
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    I need a little impossible to dislike right now. Include me? Many thanks!

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  • February 21, 2009 at 8:00 am
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    I’m sorry to be contrary Simon, but I didn’t like Miss Pettigrew lives for a day. Maybe because expectations were too high, I found it underwhelming and quite a few of its attitudes offensive.

    Wish you luck with securing the PHD funding.

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  • February 21, 2009 at 8:41 am
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    Congratulations on your PhD place! Please don’t include me in the book draw as I’ve read the book and was very disappointed after all the hype.

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  • February 21, 2009 at 8:41 am
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    Many congrats on the PhD offer — no surprises though as I’m sure anyone would be lucky to get you. Hope the funding comes good, ditto Oxford if that is your desire. I already have the book and loved it — sorry to hear it did not do it for Sarah.

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  • February 21, 2009 at 9:10 am
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    Simon, I would love to be entered in this give away.

    And good luck with your funding. What are you going to do your Phd in?

    A while ago you asked if anyone was interested in an essay you had written. I did write and said that I was interested in reading it, but I never got a reply. Would still love to read it.

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  • February 21, 2009 at 9:23 am
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    Ooh – count me in! Congratulations on your place and good luck with securing funding. My fingers and toes are crossed for you.

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  • February 21, 2009 at 11:50 am
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    I would love to ask the nay-sayers to give Miss Pettigrew another chance, and try again. Sometimes older books do not lie well with the book you have just finished, and you can be put off for the wrong reason. Don’t read it with 21st century awareness; I found singing the Beethoven D mi symphony hard until I threw my mind back to the time of its composition.

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  • February 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm
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    Please count me in the draw. Congratulations and good luck with the funding.

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  • February 21, 2009 at 7:29 pm
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    Coincidence? I just received the movie from Netflix to watch tonight…would be nice to read the book too!

    from a new reader…

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  • February 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm
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    I wish you luck ! Ludlow looks very English indeed… :-)

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  • February 21, 2009 at 10:07 pm
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    Congratulations on your PHD place and best of luck with the funding. I would love to be entered for the draw as yet to read this book. The film is on my new release list at Lovefilm but would love to read it first.

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  • February 22, 2009 at 3:32 am
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    I’m a big fan of Persephone Books so I’d love a chance at this one. Thanks! Linda

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  • February 22, 2009 at 4:08 am
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    First of all, Congratulations to you – and good luck on the funding.

    Second, _loved_ Ludlow! We were there back in 1985, during our first visit to England and with two teenagers in tow who also loved the place (have some wonderful photos of architectural details – little heads on the corners of buildings, etc.)

    And, last of all, enter my name in the draw as well. Thanks!

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  • February 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm
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    The book sounds great fun, count me in!

    Must visit Ludlow sometime…

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