Vintage orange Penguins are one of the most recognizable book formats... well, ever. Covering all kinds of famous and classic novels, these books are a piece of literary history that deserves a place on any bookshelf. Considering all that orange Penguins have done for the world of literature (and Penguin books in general, by extension) it only felt right to show our appreciation with orange being our colour of the month for July.
With his 180th Birthday having passed us by on June 2nd, there seemed no better candidate for our author of the month than the great novelist Thomas Hardy. Having made an astounding impact on the world of reading and writing with his 19th century literature (who could ever forget such classics as Far From The Madding Crowd and The Trumpet Major?), Thomas Hardy truly cemented himself as a titan of his craft with his works. Here we will be exploring not just Hardy's greatest titles but also his life and times, following his journey down a path that led to his legacy as one of the most well-known authors in history - from his first days to his last.
Many of us are diving head first into hobbies and pastimes to remain active (and sane) during this lockdown period, whether we're revisiting old passions or trying our hands with something new. One phenomenon which seems to have taken households across the globe by storm is... banana bread. Comforting, rewarding, and requiring a certain degree of focus without being too taxing, cooking and baking is proving to be a particularly popular way to stay proactive while we're left to our own devices. And, while banana bread certainly is delicious (my partner has recently cooked her 367th loaf, and I can guarantee that I won't be letting this one last any longer than the many that came before it), here are plenty of other options if you're really wanting to push the metaphorical boat out with your cuisine.
St. Patrick's Day may have been and gone, but that doesn't mean that our appreciation for all of the wonderful things Ireland has to offer must come to an end. And among all things wonderful and Irish are perhaps some of the greatest authors the world of literature has ever seen. So, to keep showing our love after celebrations have died down, here are just a few of the most memorable Irish names in literature - and what makes them so great and memorable!
With the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations coming, who could be our author of the month but a beloved Irishman? Oscar Wilde is a name well known, not just in the world of classic literature but in general history, for many reasons; his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays and poems, his unjust imprisonment, and his untimely death to name just a few. But here at the Country House Library, we simply wish to show this legendary writer the praise he deserves for his contributions to the literary world. And that's exactly what we're going to do.
As many of you may already know, Charlie Edwards-Freshwater is one of our fantastic brand ambassadors, consistently publishing breathtaking content for his own bookstagram - thebookboy. Having been part of our online community for some time, he very graciously put together this wonderful Country House Library spring reading guide. Be sure to heed his advice - he certainly knows his books!
Christmas is here, the jingle bells are ringing, and the holiday cheer is all around! And, in the season of generosity, we've decided to host yet another giveaway for all you eager Christmas spirits out there. To finish 2019, we're giving away a vintage copy of A Christmas Carol and Other Stories by Charles Dickens!