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.
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.
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.
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.