"Best Books for Anglophiles." What a perpetually changing list this could be! (And indeed will be.) Most of the titles selected below are perennial favorites with Anglophiles, and I would be remiss to exclude them. But even this "old favorites" list could rightfully include many additional titles. Then there will be future titles to consider. As you can see, a list of top books for Anglophiles is quite organic. I strongly encourage my dear Anglophile readers to email me titles of books (new or old) that they strongly feel should be added to this list. I've provided a submission form at the bottom of this page.
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Books Recommended by Anglophiles United Readers:
Zella's Comment: One of my all-time-favorite finds in London is Persephone Books at 59 Lamb's Conduit Street, near the Russell Square tube station in Bloomsbury. (Everything about this small, quaint shop is amazing--including the name of the street it's on. "Lamb's Conduit." How cute is that?! Leave it to the Brit's to come up with such a name, right? But I digress.)
Persephone Books caters to a very interesting niche market. It sells only reprints, which they themselves print. The books they choose to reprint must be "neglected books," from earlier days, that were written by women, for women, or about women. The stories tend to be genteel. The owners scour dusty libraries and old bookstores to find these forgotten gems. And most charming of all? Persephone cares about the BEAUTY of their books. All have identical exterior covers (gray with cream-colored labels), but the books' interior endpapers are the shop's trademark. Each book has its own uniquely designed endpapers (with wallpaper-like graphics), chosen to compliment the book's date and mood. And each comes with a bookmark of matching design. I'm simply gaga about all this. I leave the shop feeling like I've just purchased matching fabric for an ottoman and overstuffed reading chair! If you're in London, be sure to visit Persephone. And if you're not in London, well, you're still in luck, because the shop sells online.
PERSEPHONE BOOKS website
PHOTO and description of the charming Persephone Books shop
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