Nicola Beauman on "The gentle art of rediscovery"

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Saturday 23 July 4pm ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH,

By Adam Jones

Nicola Beauman: The gentle art of rediscovery Author of A Very Great Profession: The Woman's novel 1914–39 and three acclaimed literary biographies (Cynthia Asquith, EM Forster and the novelist Elizabeth Taylor), Nicola Beauman is also a successful publisher. She founded Persephone Books in 1999 with the intention of reprinting forgotten 20th century novels, short stories, cookery books and memoirs by (predominantly) women writers. Twelve years on and with almost 100 titles in print (all in highly distinctive silver covers), Persephone has brought back into print novels by such writers as Dorothy Whipple (the imprint’s bestselling author and, coincidentally, Coronation Street actress the late Pat Phoenix’s favourite writer), Norah Hoult, Susan Glaspell and Molly Panter-Downes. Two novels by RC Sheriff, best known for the play Journey’s End, proved a real discovery.Amongst the cookery books on Persephone’s list are a new edition of Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd's classic from 1957, Plats du Jour and Florence White’s equally classic 1932 Good Things in England. As the driving force behind this valuable enterprise, Nicola Beauman is ideally placed to talk about the ethos of the all-important gentle art of rediscovery.

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