Nine times out of ten when people mention classic women’s books they mean Jane Austen, or one of the Bronte sisters. It’s the same with art, there’s really only a few top of the top artists who ever get a mention in any sort of media, Picasso, Monet, Holbein.
But there’s so much more to the world than somebody else’s limited perception, to dive into the world of the lesser known mortal is like a foray into the wilderness, to enter a world that is completely unknown. I used to love hunting in secondhand bookshops but not long ago and thanks to my mother in law, I discovered a little treasure.
Thankfully I’m not the only one who has spotted the treasures of the out of print book. In 1998 a woman called Nicola Beauman began a little business printing a few out of print books every year from a basement in Clerkenwell.
I don’t think she could have predicted the success she has had. Named after the goddess of female creativity, Persephone books long since moved out of its basement beginnings into a beautiful little shop in Bloomsbury. All of their books are cloaked in grey, (not fifty shades, just one pale shade) but inside is each is a copy of some beautiful fabric and a matching bookmark.
The whole shop and website are a treat for the eyes and there’s even a beautiful free newsletter produced twice a year which is a delight in itself.
I guess all of us authors have to face that one day, we’ll be long gone and so will our books, but I only hope mine end up at Persephone, its a lovely way to be remembered!
Find out more about Persephone Books at http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk
Find out more about Lynne at http://www.lynnepardoe.com