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Discerning readers have been flocking to bijou publisher- bookshop Persephone Books on Lamb’s Conduit Street for more than 15 years. Andre Paine tells the story behind the stylish grey covers and previews their spring titles.


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1. Darth Vadar and Stormtrooper helmets
2. Spacesuits worn by John Hurt in “Alien”, Sam Rockwell in “Moon” and Leonard Nimoy as Spock
3. 1920s magazine covers by artist Frank R Paul
4. Jules Verne manuscripts
5. Vintage Soviet space postcards
6. “Sunspring”, a short film written via artificial intelligence
7. The “Gallery of aliens” – a big display of costumes from films
8. Jukeboxes offering sci-fi- themed music
9. US artist Trevor Paglen’s sculpture “Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite”, which is designed for launch in space, where it would be visible from Earth
10. Special outdoor screenings over the August bank holiday