Persephone Books reprint neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. They are intelligent, thought-provoking, well written and beautifully designed and make wonderful, thoughtful giftsNoel Streatfeild was a daughter of the Bishop of Lewes. Saplings is about a family of four in their secure English summer of 1939 written with her supreme gift of seeing the world from a child's perspective. It's a study of the disintegration of a middle-class family during the turmoil of the Second World War. She shows how children can remain serene in the midst of terrible events as long as they are handles with love and openness.