Persephone Books


Persephone Books is a publisher and bookshop set up in order to reprint and sell 20th century novels and non-fiction written by neglected women writers. The 110 books instore include novels, short stories and cookery books. All are great reads and make excellent gifts.

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Persephone Books

59 Lambs Conduit Street
+44 (0)20 7242 9292
Public transport:
Russell Square, Underground
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 11 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Persephone Books

5.0 out of 5 8 August 2014
by Olivia G.

This is a very sweet and beautifully laid out bookstore. It prints literature that has been woefully neglected. The staff are welcoming and extremely knowledgable. Definitely worth a visit and don't be surprised if you leave with lots of books.more

5.0 out of 5 16 February 2014
by Alex S.

I really like the font they use. Is this a weird thing to lead with?

So, the schtick is that "Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly women) writers". Walk into their charming HQ on Lamb's Conduit and it feels like...hmm...calm chaos? The staff are always kind, and never rush, but also have their own things happening in the back rooms....more

4.0 out of 5 13 November 2011
by Christine R.

On my list of stores to visit while in London, I've been getting the Persephone Biannually for a couple of years, ever since hearing about this publisher in an issue of the now defunct Domino magazine. I was pretty psyched that this location was not too far from where we were staying in Bloomsbury, and took a stroll on a lovely Friday morning to take a peek.

It also happens to be their main...more

4.0 out of 5 8 January 2011
by Molly B.

This storefront is actually the headquarters of Persephone Books publishing group, a company that rights the wrongs of history by shedding some much-needed spotlight on neglected women authors of the past.

Because they do all their business out of this little spot on Conduit Street, the shop bit on the front end feels like a bit of an afterthought. Persephone sells most of their books via...more

4.0 out of 5 8 December 2008
by Saskia P.

A totally unique place - this isn't really just a bookshop, it's a concept and a mission as well. The idea is that it reprints forgotten books from the 20th century by mostly women writers - hence the name, Persephone - the ultimate in female fertility, the woman who could put every IVF doctor out of work by wrapping her legs around the earth from the gods.

It's a cool concept, there are lots...more

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