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On Tuesday November 21st at 6 for 6.30 we shall show American Friends (1991); set in the Swiss Alps and Oxford in the early 1860s, it is about Michael Palin’s great-grandfather, an Oxford don, and his romantic encounter with a young American woman. The film will be introduced by its writer and star Michael Palin and by its director Tristram Powell. A glass of wine and cheese straws will be served. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

On November 25th and 26th from 10–4 we shall be at the Christmas Fair at Great Dixter nr. Rye. A selection of our books will be for sale; if one is out of stock it will be sent post free on Monday. 

At a Lunch from 12.30-2.30 on Wednesday December 6th the writer Claire Tomalin will give an informal talk called A Bloomsbury Life: this will be about her own forays in Blooms- bury (Great Turnstile and Grays Inn Rd) described in her recent A Life of My Own and those of some of the subjects of her books (Mary Wollstonecraft in Store Street, Katherine Mansfield in Grays Inn Rd, Dickens in Doughty Street). PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

On Thursday December 7th Lamb’s Conduit Street will have its annual Christmas Fair. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served free of charge throughout the day and until 8 p.m in the shop. The books will be at the usual price of £13 or three for £33 but gift wrapping will be free. 

Without a Trace, the film of Beth Gutcheon’s Still Missing, Persephone Book No. 88, will be shown on Thursday January 18th at 6 for 6.30. A glass of wine and cheese straws will be served. 

At a Lunch from 12.30–2.30 on Wednesday February 7th Tilda Yollandwill be ‘in conversation’ about her mother Diana Tutton, author of Guard Your Daughters. Diana Tutton’s grand-daughter hopes to be present if work commitments permit.  

On Wednesday February 21st we shall have a visit to the Bradford College Textile Archive (which kindly allowed us to use the Malachi Whitaker fabric). We shall meet for lunch at 12.30 p.m. and then visit the collection at 2.

We shall have a Behind the Scenes Tour of the British Library Conservation Unit on Tuesday March 6th at 2 p.m. and will then come back to the shop for a Cream Tea afterwards. 

On Wednesday March 14th at 4.30 we shall show the documentary Sins of Our Mothers which is about the truth behind the story of Emmeline. The director, David Hoffman, hopes to be present to introduce the film. Tea will be served at 4. 

On Wednesday March 21st there will be a visit to the house in Lichfield where Diana Tutton was brought up. We shall meet at Pipe Hill House at 1 p.m. for a simple lunch, then have a walk round the town and go to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum before tea at Hindleys. 

On Tuesday April 10th at 4,30 we shall show the 2005 film Memories of Dreams about Hilda Bernstein (author of The World that Was Ours, PB No. 50) made by her daughter Toni Strasburg. A cream tea will be served at 4.

All the lunches cost £25, the films are all £15. Please ring the office to book: 0207 242 9292

A reminder: the Persephone Book Group is on the first Wednesday of the month at 6.30 and costs £10. Madeira and bread and cheese are served. Do please call the shop to book a place:

Find out more about past Persephone Events.

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