From my inbox today. Like the idea and execution of the forum. Will help me decide which Persephones to read next too. And don't stop reading the letter below too quickly. The offer at the bottom is an excellent one.
1st June 2010
Dear Persephone Reader,
The Persephone Forum has just gone live. There is a page about the first book under discussion, which is William - an Englishman and it should be easy for you to leave comments. Please think of doing so!
On another subject: you may not realise but a huge proportion of books are returned by bookshops and then pulped because the cost of having them sent back to the publisher and cleaned up is far greater than printing new copies.
We could not go along with this because it so environmentally unfriendly, and asked for a thousand unsold Classics to be returned to Lamb's Conduit Street. This cost £500! Which makes the point that it is almost as cheap simply to throw away and reprint.
Sadly, most of the Classics are very slightly damaged: they either have a small mark or the remains of a bookshop sticker.
Since we cannot sell these either to our mail order customers or in the shop we have decided to give them away. So -- if you order one grey book at the normal price we will send you a free Classic. PLEASE DO NOT PAY FOR IT. Simply pay for your grey book as normal and write in the Additional Information box - free Miss Pettigrew Classic please, or something similar. (Nb. overseas books will be sent surface mail. And the offer only applies to one book.)
Nicola and Clara