Staircase 9 17’s October bookshelf

Our book recommendation for October is The Real Jane Austen: A life in small things, by Paula Byrne.   Divided into chapters dealing with different items such as 'The East Indian Shawl', 'The Topaz Crosses', and 'The Box of Letters', it is a fascinating, readable and original exploration of the life of Jane Austen and the…

Staircase 9 17’s August Bookshelf

Our bookshelf choice for August is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson, published by Persephone Books   Written in 1938, the story begins when Miss Pettigrew is sent to the wrong address by an employment agency.  She meets Miss LaFosse, a nightclub singer, and her wonderful day - and the rest of her life…