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Thank you for visiting the Persephone Books website. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please e-mail us at info@persephonebooks.co.uk, call us at 020 7242 9292 (outside the UK +44 20 7242 9292) or write to us at Persephone Books 59 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3NB, UK.

Where can I buy a Persephone book?

Persephone books are available to buy from our website, our London shop or your local bookshop. You can also contact us directly to place an order.

Can I buy Persephone books from my local bookshop?

Yes, you can ask your local bookshop to place an order with us. We are also stocked by a number of wonderful bookshops including Daunt Books, Hatchards and John Sandoe (in London), The Holt Bookshop (in Norfolk), Three Lives (in New York) etc.

Can I buy Persephone books from abroad?

Yes: we send books all over the world, all the time. Please order via the website or, if you prefer, contact us directly.

Do you have a catalogue?

Yes. It is available on the website. If you would like us to send you a hard copy, just let us know and we would be delighted to put one in the post to you, along with the latest copy of our free magazine, the Persephone Biannually. You also can look at the complete list of all our books on the website.

How much does a Persephone book cost?

In the UK, £12 each or £30 for three. In the USA they are $20 each or $50 for three.

How much is postage and packing?

In the UK – £2 per book

Europe (including Republic of Ireland) – £3 per book or, in Euros, around €2.80.

Airmail to anywhere in the world – £5 per book or, in US dollars, around $7.50.

How much does it cost to be a Persephone subscriber?

To have one book a month arriving through your (or someone else’s) letterbox every month for 12 months costs £144, or £72 for six months in the UK; in Europe it would be £78 or £156, or, in Euros, around €108 or €217; and in the rest of the world it would be £90 or £180 or, in US dollars, around $136 or $272. Order a six or twelve month gift subscription.

We do a special offer whereby every single Persephone book can be delivered to your door in four large boxes by courier. Please contact us for details.

Please telephone on 020 7242 9292, if you would like a special offer on a smaller number of books, say twenty, or if you are part of a large reading group.

How long will my books take to arrive?

Within the U.K., your books should arrive within 4 working days – but often they arrive the next day. Of course, during busy periods such as November/December they take longer and we ask you to allow a week. No matter how many books you order, we send them out in individual cardboard envelopes that fit a standard letter-box, thereby avoiding the dreaded ‘while you were out’ note from the post office.

Airmail takes three days to Europe and five-to-seven days to the rest of world.

We can also rush deliver books the same day or overnight for an additional charge; please contact us for details.

Do you have a wrapping service for presents?

Yes – this costs an extra £2 per book for tissue paper or £3 extra per book for Cambridge Imprint patterned wrapping paper. A card saying ‘Best Wishes’, ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Thank You’ or a blank card, is included in the price. When ordering, please say in the ‘message’ box which card you would like. If required, the envelope can also have a ‘Do not open before…’ sticker.

Do you sell your own book tokens?

Yes. They cost £14 for one book including U.K. postage, or £36 for three. We can send book tokens to the recipient with a copy of our catalogue and the Persephone Biannually, along with a note telling them who has given them the book token.

Why the name Persephone?

The name Persephone was chosen as a symbol of female creativity, as well as of new beginnings (the daughter of Zeus is associated with spring).

How do you choose your books?

In every way imaginable. This includes someone bringing a book into the office (as was the case with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), finding out about it in a publisher's advertisement at the back of another book (Fidelity —a superb book —was advertised in the back of Elizabeth Jenkins's Virginia Water, which is not so good), coming across a book in a secondhand bookshop or a library (too many books to mention), realising that a book of classic quality was unaccountably not in print (Mariana, Little Boy Lost, The Expendable Man). Our books are also linked by the idea of 'home', though that doesn't preclude their characters having a career or flying an aeroplane. Mostly, though, a grey Persephone cover is a guarantee of a good read. In fact, by far the most important criteria is that we only publish books that we completely, utterly love.

Would you like to publish my book?

No, thank you. We only do reprints.

Would you like to publish my grandmother’s book?

Maybe. We are always delighted to hear recommendations from our readers, so do get in touch

Do you really all stop for tea and cake every day at 4 o’clock?

Yes, certainly.

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