Let’s be honest, there is no other publisher quite like Persephone Books. That said, there are a few who embody some of the same qualities as our beloved Persephone.
Here are four publishers/imprints that you may want to check out if you are a Persephone fan.
I’m sure the majority of Persephone fans are also familiar with Virago Modern Classics. A love for one often leads to a love of the other, and the two publishers even reprint some of the same titles and authors. But I couldn’t not include VMC on this list.
For anyone who is unaware, Virago Modern Classics is an “international publisher of books by women for all readers, everywhere.” This year they are celebrating forty years of championing neglected books by women writers!
Furrowed Middlebrow is a collaboration between Dean Street Press and the Furrowed Middlebrow blog run by Scott. The imprint publishes books from ~1910-1960 by “lesser-known British women novelists and memorists.”
Much like Persephone, Furrowed Middlebrow celebrates the middlebrow novel and seeks to republish forgotten works from the genre. Each book in their catalogue is available in both physical and ebook formats.
Greyladies is a small publisher that re-publishes “well-mannered books by ladies long gone.” Their books all feature pale yellow striped covers and can be grouped into categories such as village and family life, greyladies at war, a little light romance, school & college, and crime.
They’ve even published books by Persephone authors such as D. E. Stevenson, Richmal Crompton, and Noel Streatfeild.
A niche London publishing house, Peirene Press specializes in English translations of contemporary European novels and novellas. They only publish books that are “less than 200 pages that can be read in the same time it takes to watch a film.”
Like Persephone books, Peirene books are beautiful and well-designed paperbacks. The publisher also offers book subscriptions and hosts literary events.
Do you have a favorite publisher from this list? Is there another publisher that reminds you of Persephone Books?