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21 September 2020

The death of Terence Conran has to be marked on the Persephone Post – because his design ethic lay (we can see now) behind so much of what we have done at Persephone Books: it was the emphasis on good design combined with the domestic – the kitchen placed at the heart of the home and of everything else – that allowed us, almost gave us permission, to be the publisher of domestic feminism. None of this was thought out of course, it was instinctive; it was simply that we were and are deeply feminist, but we also care a great deal about domestic values. Terence Conran did too and was inspirational. Even the Habitat catalogues, now collector's items (a few are sometimes to be seen in the shop window) probably inspired the Persephone Quarterly, later Biannually; or we hope they did.

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