The Origin of Orange Penguins

by Lewis Saddington July 22, 2020 2 min read

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.
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Sporting Reads for Olympic Enthusiasts

by Lewis Saddington July 10, 2020 3 min read

The 2020 Olympics may have been delayed... but that doesn't mean that you have to wait to let your sporting spirits soar. While we're all dismayed at this unfortunately unavoidable wait, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the world of sports from the comfort of your own home, garden, or even your favourite reading chair. Here are just a few vintage and classic reading picks for you to take a look at if you're feeling the itch to get stuck into a few fun and physical activities. From golf to karate, you don't need the Olympic games to enjoy a little sporty fun!
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Remembering Shakespeare

by Lewis Saddington July 01, 2020 3 min read

On June 29th, 1613, the famous Globe Theatre went up in flames during a production of William Shakespeare's Henry VIII due to the misfire of a theatrical cannon.In memory of this historic event, we have decided to take a look back at some of Shakespeare's most famous and enduring plays, plays which are still performed in theaters around the... ahem, globe... today.
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The Most Magical Reads for Summertime

by Lewis Saddington June 19, 2020 3 min read

There are few things in the world as peaceful and enjoyable as relaxing outside during summer, the sun on your face and a good book in hand... but summer is also a time for adventure, for all things colourful and thriving and living. When it comes to a good adventure book, you get the best of both worlds. There's nothing so captivating as following characters on epic journeys of growth, staying by their sides as they cross fantastical landscapes and overcome personal trials on the roads they walk. Here, we have thrown together a short list of the most magical classic reads to get stuck into this summer, from the heart-warming to the wild, from the joyful to the perilous.
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Author of the Month: Thomas Hardy

by Lewis Saddington June 08, 2020 3 min read

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.

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The Best Reads for Lockdown Learning

by Lewis Saddington June 01, 2020 2 min read

The lockdown goes on, but so must we. It's not easy finding new ways to keep yourself entertained, stimulated, and productive from your own home, but we're here to help. Below we've compiled a short list of the best reads for lockdown learning. Whether you're wanting to try your hands on a new craft, read about a famous figure from centuries past, or walk the vast plains of ancient history, there should be something here to keep your cogs whirring.
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The Sheer Brilliance of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes

by Lewis Saddington May 04, 2020 3 min read

Few genres can compare to crime and mystery when it comes to frantic page turning, with novels that often capture readers from start to finish without so much as a tea break. After all, that's the point of the genre, is it not? To keep you guessing, wondering, and scratching your head until the plot finally unravels, leaving you both surprised and wholly satisfied with the conclusion of the mystery at hand. And, within this genre, there is one character who arguably stands above them all. We are, of course, talking about none other than Arthur Conan Doyle's titan of crime and mystery literature - the great Sherlock Holmes.
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The Wonderful Critters of Beatrix Potter

by Lewis Saddington April 27, 2020 4 min read

Few fictional animals have captured our hearts like those from Beatrix Potter's wonderful and fascinating 23 original tales. From Tom Kitten to Benjamin Bunny, these furry friends of ours continue to grace the literary world (and beyond) with their presence. Not only do Potter's stories remain a popular addition to many reader's bookshelves, but they continue to be adapted for other mediums such as film and TV. So, while we all may have unfortunately spent Easter indoors away from the hopping bunnies (though hopefully with no lack of chocolate at least), it seemed fitting to spend a little time reminiscing about the adventures and escapades of Peter Rabbit and company!
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The Inspiring Authors and Novels of Ireland

by Lewis Saddington March 20, 2020 2 min read

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!
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The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

by Lewis Saddington March 09, 2020 3 min read

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.
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The Country House Library Spring Reading Guide 2020 by Charlie Edwards-Freshwater

by Lewis Saddington March 02, 2020 3 min read

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!
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Romantic Reads for the Month of Love

by Lewis Saddington February 07, 2020 3 min read

Love is in the air. The month of romance is upon us. And, as a reader, you can still make the most of this wonderful occasion whether you have a valentine to share it with or not. Literature is often one of the richest sources of romance, be it uplifting or heartbreaking, moving or haunting. Many of the most memorable titles ever written touch upon the topic of love in one way or another, and classic literature holds no short supply of stories revolving around the most powerful human emotion. So without further delay, let's take a look at some of the most romantic, moving, or tragic tales of love this February.
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