Bookshops: Persephone Books
Regular visits to Persephone Books are a must despite being a Londoner or not. Their mission lies in re-printing neglected books written by women and the result - a gorgeous collection of unique books.
They also happen to be the most beautiful books, the covers are a dusty grey each with a different print on the inside and you can get a matching bookmark which makes for a happy reader. There is a simplicity to the shop that makes you feel very peaceful as you browse and this is an ideal place for those wanting something new and different.
On my inital visit to the shop I picked up was Miss Buncle's Book, D.E Stevenson - a book within a book, as our heroine takes up writing as a way to solve her depleting bank balance. So she writes about the only things she knows, the people that make up the village in which she lives. Comedy ensues as you would hope and you'll find yourself laughing out loud on the tube/bus/sofa...
If you're not sure where to start, this is what I have my eye on:
- Kitchen Essays, Agnes Jekyll - It's not secret my love of food and cooking and these are the essays Lady Jekyll wrote for The Times in the early 20's. What's there not to love?
- A London Child of the 1870's, Molly Hughes - As a current Londoner, I love reading about a place I know very well from a different era of time. Hughes describes her everydays of London from her family home in Islington.
- Few Eggs and No Oranges, Vere Hodgson - Again another look at London, but this time during the Blitz and what it really was like to be a Londoner during that time.