When I was in London last week, I went to my favourite bookshop, Persephone Books. It is in the delightfully named Lambs Conduit Street, WC1. It's a small shop, but the shelves are packed with pearl grey paperbacks, all of which are reprints of neglected novels, diaries, poetry and cookery books, mostly by women from the early to mid 20th century. My favourite so far is High Wages by Dorothy Whipple, the story of an independent young woman who sets up her own dress shop.
What I most love about the book design is the fact that they are lined with patterned endpapers, the designs taken from vintage textiles.
You can buy postcards, and even some reproduction fabrics, inspired by old designs. Or, help yourself to a free magazine (below).
The shop is at 59 Lambs Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB or visit www.persephonebooks.co.uk to see the catalogue.
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