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Rex Whistler: Bike A Rex Whistler drawing, undated (but don't blame the work experience girl, it may not have been dated in the original Quarterly): an image of calm and freedom and domesticity to bear in mind as we take down the decorations and festoon the house with drying sheets. When the tree has been removed from the shop window, we are going to display the (so far) seventeen translations of Persephone books – in languages ranging from French to Czech to Chinese. It would be more – most publishers make their bread and butter from translation rights – but we were a bit slow to realise that anyone would want to publish our books in other languages. Miss Buncle in German anyone? Miss Pettigrew in Korean? It's slightly unbelievable. And we now have the lovely Mary Esdaile who sells translation rights for us, so there are lots more to come

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