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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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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National Day on Writing: The Most Influential Genre Authors in Literature

by Lewis Saddington October 22, 2019 4 min read

With National Day on Writing having just taken place, a day where we can all appreciate the importance of literature and storytelling, it only feels right to celebrate some of the most influential and adored writers of our time. Every book we read today has been influenced by one great writer or another - and, without certain names in the literary world, many of the classic genres know would likely not exist in their current form. Some may not even exist at all...
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Mrs Dalloway to a Room of One’s Own: Woolf for the Modern Reader

by Amelia Baker April 17, 2019 3 min read

Woolf’s views on women and her alternative perspectives are just two of the reasons why her books remain so exciting and relevant to us in the modern day. It is perhaps why she still features so prominently on lists such as “The best novels ever written” and “100 books to read before your thirty” – her insight into human nature is incredible and needs to be read to be believed. So when someone asks you Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The answer should be “not me”.
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