It was thrilling to deliver a supply of Papershades lampshades to the magnificent Persephone books – my first ever retail outlet. A supply of the duskily pink ‘Oxford’ Papershades will be on sale at this very special bookshop in Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1.
This little shop has been a jewel in Lamb’s Conduit Street for as long as I can remember. When I worked around the corner at Great Ormond Street Hospital charity it was a joy to nip out at lunchtime and browse the shelves of beautiful books. All Persephone books are published in cool grey covers with the surprise of gorgeous designs on the inside cover pages – usually based on vintage fabric or wallpaper designs. If anyone mentions Dorothy Whipple‘s titles or mutters, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day to me I will go into raptures of delight. Those who share such feelings will understand what I’m talking about.
And, to further demonstrate this bookshop’s high level of English sophistication they stop at 4.00pm each day for tea and cake. So civilised! And to think this place is now the home of Papershades… my teacup of happiness runneth over !