By Noel Streatfeild
Noel Streatfeild is known for what has become a child’s classic: Ballet Shoes. In Saplings, written for adult readers, she uses the same intuitive understanding of children’s thought processes to devastating effect. Ballet Shoes’ dreamy world of hope over adversity becomes a darker, more realistic place where the four siblings in the novel struggle with insuperable damage inflicted on their family once the nurturing parent is killed.
‘A study of disintegration of a middle class family during the turmoil of the Second World War, and quite shocking’. Sarah Waters, in The Guardian
Based in Bloomsbury, Persephone Publishing was established in 1999 to reprint brilliant books written by neglected authors, mainly from the 20th Century. Named after the powerful Greek goddess Persephone, who ruled the underworld with Hades, the slant of the imprint is, as you might suspect, towards female authors, but not exclusively. Due to the remarkable titles that have reappeared, Persephone Publishing has acquired a reputation for selecting books that are, very simply, marvellous to read. Not dauntingly intellectual, these are beautifully written stories that have resurfaced after the hardest test of all – time.
Dimensions: H:19cm, W:14cm
Integral jacket with flaps and printed endpapers