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Thank you for visiting the Persephone Books website. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please e-mail us at, call us at 01225 425050 (outside the UK +44 1225 425050) or write to us at Persephone Books, 8 Edgar Buildings, Bath, BA1 2EE.

Where can I buy a Persephone book?

Persephone books are available to buy from our website, our Bath shop or your local bookshop. You can also contact us directly to place an order.

How much does a Persephone book cost?

In the UK, £13 each or £33 for three. The fourteen Classics are £10 each.

Can I buy Persephone books from abroad?

Yes: we send books all over the world. Please order via the website or, if you prefer, contact us directly.

How much is postage and packing?

In the UK, postage costs £2.50 per book.

For overseas customers, books are now sent free postage. To Europe, the Classic editions cost £18 each and the Grey editions cost £23 each or £65 for three. To the Rest of the World, the Classic editions cost £20 each and the Grey editions cost £25 each or £70 for three. More than 6 books are sent in a box. 

We are aware that the price of shipping is very high and we are very sad about this, but like all small business in the U.K. the combination of hugely increased postage costs and the Brexit-induced form-filling means we have had to make serious adjustments. We hope you understand. 

What is the difference between a Grey edition and a Classic edition?

We have re-issued fourteen of our bestsellers in more 'bookshop-friendly' editions ie. with pictures on the front; the text and paper is identical to that used in the 141 grey Persephone books, but because the Classics do not have the full-colour endpapers, they retail at £10 instead of £13. All fourteen Classics are available here.

Can I buy Persephone books from my local bookshop?

Yes, you can ask your local bookshop to place an order with us. We are also stocked by a number of wonderful bookshops including Daunt Books, Hatchards and John Sandoe (in London), The Book Hive (in Norfolk) etc.

Do you have a catalogue?

Yes. It is available on the website. If you would like us to send you a hard copy, just let us know and we would be delighted to put one in the post to you (for £5 plus postage), along with the latest copy of our magazine, the Persephone Biannually. You also can look at the complete list of all our books on the website.

How much does it cost to be a UK Persephone subscriber?

To have one book a month arriving through your (or someone else’s) letterbox every month for 12 months costs £162, or £81 for six months in the UK. Order a six or twelve month gift subscription.

We do a special offer whereby every single Persephone book can be delivered to your door in four large boxes by courier. Please contact us for details.

Please telephone on 01225 425050, if you would like a special offer on a smaller number of books, say twenty, or if you are part of a large reading group.

How long will my books take to arrive?

Within the U.K. your books should arrive within four working days – but often they arrive the next day. Of course, during busy periods such as November/December they take longer and we ask you to allow a week. No matter how many books you order, we send them out in individual cardboard envelopes (no plastic packaging here at Persephone Books) that fit a standard letter-box, thereby avoiding the dreaded ‘while you were out’ note from the post office.

Airmail takes five days to Europe and ten days to the rest of world and the order will be sent in a box courier.

We can also rush deliver books the same day or overnight for an additional charge; please contact us for details.

Do you have a wrapping service for presents?

Yes – this costs an extra £2 per book for tissue paper or £3 extra per book for Cambridge Imprint patterned wrapping paper. A card saying ‘Best Wishes’, ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Thank You’ or a blank card, is included in the price. When ordering, please say in the ‘message’ box which card you would like. If required, the envelope can also have a ‘Do not open before…’ sticker.

Do you sell your own book tokens?

Yes. They cost £15.50 for one book including U.K. postage, or £40 for three. We can send book tokens to the recipient with a copy of the Persephone Biannually, along with a note telling them who has given them the book token.

Why the name Persephone?

The name Persephone was chosen as a symbol of female creativity, as well as of new beginnings (the daughter of Zeus is associated with spring).

How do you choose your books?

In every way imaginable. This includes someone bringing a book into the office (as was the case with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), finding out about it in a publisher's advertisement at the back of another book (Fidelity —a superb book —was advertised in the back of Elizabeth Jenkins's Virginia Water, which is not so good), coming across a book in a secondhand bookshop or a library (too many books to mention), realising that a book of classic quality was unaccountably not in print (Mariana, Little Boy Lost, The Expendable Man). Our books are also linked by the idea of 'home', though that doesn't preclude their characters having a career or flying an aeroplane. Mostly, though, a grey Persephone cover is a guarantee of a good read. In fact, by far the most important criteria is that we only publish books that we completely, utterly love.

Do you have any jobs available? Or work experience opportunities? 

Very occasionally, we do. Please e-mail us at with your CV and also tell us a little about your favourite Persephone book.

Would you like to publish my book?

No, thank you. We only do reprints.

Would you like to publish my grandmother’s book?

Maybe. We are always delighted to hear recommendations from our readers, so do get in touch

Do you really all stop for tea and cake every day at 4 o’clock? 

Yes, certainly

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