Thursday, 3 March 2011
As today is World Book Day, I actually want to spend the day curling up with a good book (currently the very excellent The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood). Or just spend some time browsing a really really good bookshop. The kind of shop that makes you want to snap up everything and rush back home to sit in your comfy chair.
That bookshop is Persephone Books. They're based in Lambs Conduit Street in London (opposite the very wonderful Something) which is one of my favourite streets. You won't find the latest Atwood here though. Instead of publishing Booker Prize winners and promoting 3-for-2 offers, they reprint neglected and forgotten classics, usually written by women. You'll find the most unique literature in here, but each text is 'designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial'.
It's not just the text that's worth the attention. The books themselves are beautiful. Bound in plain grey jackets, the detail is on the inside. The endjackets in each book are all different, depending on the date and style of the book. Often inspired by vintage fabrics, they're the kind of books you'll leave on your coffee table just so everyone can marvel at your stylishness.
How all of this amazingness can add up to a book price of £10 I'll never know, but I think I'll go and choose me a new book. Now go away, I'm reading.