The Literary Press

I had a fun coincidence waiting for me when I got back from holiday. Just before I went I had the excitement of one of my Abebooks ‘wants’ alerts coming into my inbox, and one I’ve been wanting for years: My Husband Simon by Mollie Panter-Downes. A click or two and it was on its way…

And you’ve already seen my Norfolk haul, including The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells – it was only when I returned from holiday and opened the parcel waiting for me that I saw that the two books came in the same series, from The Literary Press. And I’m pretty sure I don’t own any others in this series – what a fun coincidence!

Does this series ring a bell with anyone? They might well appear in secondhand bookshops on those shelves filled with Everyman Classics etc. which, all too often, I overlook. Rows and rows of easily-findable (in the UK) books by Priestley, Kipling, Trollope etc. don’t make for thrilling browsing, but I have found rare copies of E.H. Young and Elizabeth von Arnim titles on the everything-looks-the-same-shelves, and now this. I’ll have to look even more carefully in future…

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