Saturday, 18 January 2014

Persephone Books

There's a lot of bloggy love out there at the moment for Persephone Books, and I thought I'd leap onto that bandwagon poste haste and share my favourite of all their titles.

But what are Persephone Books I hear you cry - not heard of them, then let me tell you.

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.

They have a shop in Lamb's Conduit Street in London, and will also supply books by mail order.  Do check out their lovely website here.  One day, I will enter their premises and stroke the books in all their glory. 

Their books are all packaged in the same way, with a beautiful dove-grey cover, and then the surprise is inside with a vintage fabric/wallpaper covering and matching bookmark, carefully chosen to match the period and contents of the book!

You can join their mailing list and they will send you a copy of their biannually and their catalogue (plus a bookmark)!

The books aren't cheap, they are currently £12 each, but they are so gorgeous that I think they are well worth the price.  So far, I have 5 in my collection:
The inside of Miss Ranskill Comes Home

The inside of The Journal of Katharine Mansfield

Good Evening, Mrs Craven

The inside of The Two Mrs Abbotts

but my favourite of them all is this one

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew lives for a day describes the whirlwind adventure of Miss Pettigrew, a governess sent to a job interview at the wrong address who, over the course of twenty-four hours, receives an introduction to the glamorous lifestyle of nightclub singer Miss LaFosse. It's a wonderful book and one we chose for our book group - we've been meeting now for 8 years and it's by far, still our favourite read!  It's also a wonderful film.

If you haven't heard of them yet, I urge you to give them a try.  I don't think you will regret it!

Happy Reading

Miss Chapter x


  1. Wow that is really interesting, I will need to request a catalogue from them then! xx

  2. I love Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I have read it twice. I think I shall read it again.
    I shall definitely find the shop next time I am in Town.


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