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The Weird, the Welsh and the Wonderful

A lot of my fiction reading comes from small, independent publishers, particularly those who are reissuing books that have been undeservedly forgotten. There are some real gems to be discovered, and below I’ve picked out some of the more “off the beaten track” books I’ve recently enjoyed.   Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy – Persephone Books You may already know of my fondness for Persephone Books. Founded by biographer Nicola Beauman in 1998, their aim is to publish neglected books, mainly by women working in the mid-twentieth century (but not exclusively). Their books are gorgeous: clad in stylish grey covers with stunning front and end papers taken from contemporary designs by iconic designers such as Liberty’s, Lucienne Day and the Omega Workshop – and they come with matching bookmarks. Throw in a great magazine ( Persephone Biannually ) and a lovely book shop in London’s Lamb Conduit Street, and you’ve got a book lover’s paradise. Reuben Sachs is by a Jewish woman, but has been