The main office of this publisher and bookseller is piled high with lovingly restored reprints of unfairly neglected women writers, mainly from the interwar period. These beautiful objects are covered in identical plain eggshell blue, but each book’s endpapers comprise wonderful re-creations of patterns – wallpapers, fabrics, clothing or suchlike – contemporary with the book; but, more importantly, they make for fascinating reading. Some are by well-known names – Penelope Mortimer, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf – while others offer the chance to get to know quick-witted women who, by virtue of the time in which they lived, were not given the respect they might otherwise have gained in their own lifetimes. There’s William – an Englishman, Cicely Hamilton’s 1919 exploration of war; or Someone at a Distance (1953), in which Dorothy Whipple traces the effects of a man’s infidelity on his family. Persephone’s bestseller is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938) by Winifred Watson.
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|Venue name:||Persephone Books||Contact:|
59 Lamb's Conduit St
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm Mon-Fri; noon-5pm Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Holborn/Russel Sq|
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This is the most charming bookstore I have seen in a long time and dedicated to many perhaps otherwise overlooked (mostly) female writers of the first half /mid of the twentieth century. Persephone Books publish stylish books with their typical elegant grey coverings and lovely colorful decorated endpapers, inspired by prints and fabrics of the era and they are a joy to see, feel and read.I will be back in London next week and a visit to stock up on desired titles is a must for me. The staff is friendly and most helpful and it's my favorite place in Bloomsbury.