Our Friendly February Offer
It’s been a bleak and wet February so far, so to cheer you up we have a special Newsletter-subscribers-only offer. For each Handheld Classic you buy in February and March, you can choose a free copy of one of the first four Handheld Classics. (Buy one, get one free.) Choose from Ernest Bramah’s What Might Have Been (Edwardian political thriller with flying machines), John Buchan’s The Runagates Club (classic 1920s short stories), Una L Silberrad’s Desire (an Edwardian heiress has to learn to type), or Gerald O’Donovan’s Vocations (two Victorian Irish sisters enter the convent for all the wrong reasons).
Simply order your Classic through the website in the usual way, using Paypal or Visa, and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which of the free Classics you would like.
Handheld Press and Sarah LeFanu at Spike Island, Bristol
Kate will be in conversation with Sarah LeFanu, the notable journalist, author and Rose Macaulay biographer, in Bristol at the Spike Island arts centre on 21st March at 18.30. This will be an evening of readings and discussion about the women authors whom Handheld has recovered and brought back into print, and why they are just so good. Rose Macaulay, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Zelda Fitzgerald will certainly be featured. Tickets are available here.
What Not to be launched in London
On the day after the Spike Island event, we will be launching the republication of Rose Macaulay’s What Not in London at The Second Shelf bookshop in deepest Soho, on Friday 22 March, at which cocktails and mocktails will be served. Kate will quiz Sarah Lonsdale, author of the Introduction, about Rose Macaulay and her science fiction vision. Tickets will be available soon, and we will trumpet this on our website.
Our November title will be Gothic
We’ll be publishing a remarkable collection of Weird short stories in November, curated and edited by Melissa Edmundson. Women’s Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940 will have a stunning cover using a photograph from Vogue magazine from 1919: we’ll show it to you next month. Authors will include D K Broster, Mary Butts, Mary Cholmondeley, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Margaret Irwin, Margery Lawrence, Edith Nesbit, May Sinclair and Edith Wharton.
Our next volume of letters
In 2020 we’ll be publishing a second volume of letters from a conscientious objector from the First World War in the Handheld Research series, to be edited by University of Birmingham academics Rebecca Wynter and Ben Pink Dandelion. A Quaker Conscientious Objector. The Prison Letters of Wilfrid Littleboy, 1917-1919 will reproduce a remarkable collection of letters by Littleboy, one of the most influential Quaker thinkers during the Second World War, which have hitherto been held in a private archive.
We’re getting a new website
Those of you who have been following Handheld since its beginnings will have noticed that we have expanded rapidly. Our website was not designed to be a high-volume bookshop, which is what it functions as now, so we’ve asked for an upgrade. It will (we hope) be all shiny and new by the next Newsletter.
Enjoy the spring flowers!
Kate & David