Meet Your Bookbinders

Here are the people behind the creation of our books. Everyone in this close-knit team brings unique skills and a wealth of experience.


MD of Ludlow Bookbinders, and Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

Paul joined his family bookbinding business in 1984. Paul stands out in the UK bookbinding profession with his in-depth knowledge of highly mechanised binding across all bookbinding and print finishing processes as well as craft binding.

Ludlow Bookbinders is for him not just a business, but a passion to keep craft binding alive in England.


Managing Director of the Ludlow Bookbinders and Manager of the Index Bindery.

Emma oversees the tight-knit team who are in charge of book repairs and sales at Made in Ludlow. She also manages the Index Bindery shop on Market Street in Ludlow town centre, and online sales via Etsy.

The Index Bindery Book Repairs


Ludlow Bindery Manager. Phil has 30 years of binding experience, 7 of these with master bookbinder, Brian Settle.

Phil manages the team with good humour and skill. He is an expert book binder, and the keeper of the company mascot - a whippet called Biff.


Richard is at the top of his game when it comes to the highest quality book binding, work that he loves. He runs award-winning bookbinders Lyra's Books creating handmade books from the finest materials.

In early 2018, Richard was presented the prestigious Elizabeth Soutar award for his binding of ‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman.

Lyras Books


Sam started in 2018 and works predominantly alongside Richard on Lyra's Books and Arete Editions projects. She is always developing her skills across all aspects of fine bookbinding. In 2023 she won the Elizabeth Soutar Award for 'Best Creative Binding - student category' for rebinding 'Parable of the Sower' by Octavia E. Butler.


Louis is in charge of the Ludlow Bookbinders operations and works closely with Paul to keep the show on the road. He is the first port of call when it comes to the logistics and enjoys speaking to our clients.

His business have made us more efficient, better organised and better equipped for the challenges of design and bookbinding.


Heather joined the Ludlow Bookbinders team 4 years ago. She previously studied history of English language at Glasgow University. This included a module on manuscript study which drew her into the world of book binding. Heather is our go to girl for making leather bible cases.


At Ludlow Bookbinders, Debs copes with the multifaceted handwork requirements of a craft bindery with on-going good humour. Debs speciality is paper, many of our book decorative endpapers are inserted by hand, or sew and bound. An essential aspect of the bookbinding process.


Daisy joined the team in 2015, she works on multiple stages of the bookbinding process. The team couldn't function without her! Always a joy to work with.


Pip is our go to guy for photo albums, as well as working on the creation of beautiful slipcases, the books that leave Pip's bench will never disappoint!


Rhi's experience across a range of bookbinding disciplines is essential. She is highly skilled and plays a key role in many of the projects that pass through the bookbindery, including quarterly Parenthesis.


Liz has experience and a wealth of knowledge about the bookbinding industry, she is a key member of the bookbinding team.


Josh joined Ludlow Bookbinders in 2021 and he was immediately put to work, creating books of the highest standard. His recent focus has been on the very large Opus books, working on tight time frames to deliver for our clients.


Having joined us in 2020 she has hit the ground running. Aoife has an excellent eye for detail and has worked on a wide range of projects using a diverse set bookbinding skills.


A dab hand at leather binding many Ludlow Rare Books that have been made at the bindery have crossed Blake's bench. The end results are always flawless.


Linda settled in to the Ludlow Bookbinders team very quickly, and is always keeping busy on the latest projects coming through the bindery. Most recently she has been working on intricate slipcases and boxes.


Meriel joined the bookbinders in 2022, she is diligent and has excellent attention to detail - essential for bookbinding tasks. She has been helping Richard with his big projects


Our most recent member of the team. Rachel has got stuck into her work and been an essential member of the team.