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Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. Each one in our collection of 110 books is intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written, and most are perfect presents or a good choice for reading groups. We sell all our books by mail order or in our shop, however the eleven Persephone Classics are widely available in bookshops in the UK and the US; we also sell five of our titles as audiobooks and (so far) twenty e-books.

Painting by
David Gentleman


Persephone Books is no. 9 in BuzzFeed's list of 14 Beautiful Independent Bookshops in London. Our website is recovering from being hacked but is still in shock (luckily its security was not compromised) so please be patient while we restore content. Christmas/New Year: we close on Tuesday December 23rd at 6 p.m. and re-open on Monday 29th at 10 a.m; and are closed on Thursday January 1st.The three new books will be back on the website very soon, as will our Diary for 2015: or do ring us.  


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