At lunch yesterday I took a walk through Bloomsbury, a small, bookish neighborhood near the British Museum and the University College, London, and I came across the most charming little bookstore on Lamb’s Conduit Street.
A little bell chimed as I pushed open the door, revealing a delightfully cluttered shop stacked with books in every spare space. As I learned, Persephone Books is a small publisher of out-of print books by 20th century (mostly) female authors (“neglected classics” the publisher calls them). Each title in the series is styled with a dove-gray jacket and textile-inspired endpaper and a matching bookmark. It was such fun to read through so many new titles, and look at all of the stylized covers. I picked up a book called, It’s Hard to be Hip over Thirty, a collection of poems by Judith Viorst.
A lovely lunch break.