28 October 2008

Persephone Books

Two of the novels in my TBR pile are published by Persephone Books, which has been reprinting forgotten classics by twentieth-century (mostly women) writers since 1999.

This is what their website says:

Persephone prints mainly neglected fiction and non-fiction by women, for women and about women. The titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial. The books are guaranteed to be readable, thought-provoking and impossible to forget.

Our titles include novels, short stories, diaries and cookery books. They are all carefully designed with a clear typeface, a dove-grey jacket, a 'fabric' endpaper and bookmark, and a preface by writers such as Jilly Cooper, Adam Gopnik, and Jacqueline Wilson.

The books are gorgeous, and just look at the shop! I haven't yet had a chance to visit, but can so imagine a little bubble of tranquility in north London. Even though the books may be a tad more expensive, I'd far rather buy them from somewhere like here than one of the giant chainstores. What about you?

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