There couldn’t be a better time to start your own personal library than now as Penguin release a brand new collection of 100 English written novels. Designed by award winner, Coralie Bickford-Smith, the covers keep the simplicity of the traditional Penguin feel with a modern twist. Added to the iconic Penguin Orange Spine is a unique colour to help brighten up your shelves along with a relevant motif jacket design.
Start your collection with the first twenty titles featured in the carousel below and enjoy the great stories behind these beautiful covers.
You wouldn’t believe me; even if you stood with a match to my book shelves threatening to set the lot alight if I denounced my claim, but the truth is I’ve never read Harry Potter. I know, I can’t quite believe it too; yet I’m setting out to remedy this literary travesty with this beautiful box set I was given as a present.
Always one to shun the hype I turned away from Harry Potter’s initial outing and instead continued my reading list of classics. I also would have much preferred to follow the adventures of the slap dash wizards in Pratchett’s discworld than one who was just learning the ropes at Hogwarts.
However,as the recession continues to bite and the news is nothing but grim, reading habits the glimmer of Harry’s world provides us with the ideal escape, a good dose of sparkle and the good old favourite ‘age old tale’ of good overcoming evil. Well if that sounds something you are looking for (and are equally astonished you haven’t got round to it) then I suggest you join Harry and I in some Hogwarts adventures.
This beautiful box was well worth the wait for the publication of all seven titles. Each novel has their own distinguishing spine colour and artwork, making it a welcome addition to your personal library. Click on the picture to get your box of Magic
You may not expect the majority of bookworms to share the same passion they have for literutre for tattoos, there is no denying that this new collection called Penguin Ink are striking. From Zadie Smith’s White Teeth to Nick Homby’s High Fidelity, these modern classics compliment the covers which were commissioned for design by some of the world’s leading tatyoo artists. Not only do you get a good read from each book but you are invitied to discover the artist behind the design and their own personal story.
For a dramatic read full of suspence, choose Notes on a Scandal. The novel was adapted to the big screen in 2007, starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. If you are looking for something a little more light hearted try The Rotter’s Club, a must for Grammer Pupils or anyone wanting a book full of ‘laugh out loud’ moments.
Now who’s up for putting one of these covers on a limb?
It is always exciting getting a parcel of books through the post so I thought I’d share my recent purchases which are addint to my personal library. So what have I chosen to read this week?
The Book I Haven’t Got Round To– I’ve seen all the TV adaptations of E.M Forster usually starring a young Helena Bonham Carter and a cast of great British actors (Wings of a Dove has to be one of my favourites). Yet I’ve never got round to reading his novels. To right this wrong, I have a copy of A Room with a View and with just under 200 pages, it won’t take long to start moving through the Forster catalogue. Good job Howards End is on its way.
The Recommendation – I have heard so often that Evelyn Waugh’s greatest novel wasn’t Brideshead Revisited but actually his debut, Decline and Fall. The story of ‘misfits, rascals and fools’ at Oxford University. One of the greatest comic novels ever written or so I have been told. Only time will tell on that one.
The True Story – Always a fan of historical biographies, award winning Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard explores the story of Caroline, Emily, Louise and Sarah Lennox whose facinating and turbulent lives spanned the Georgian period of English and Irish history. Sometimes the best stories are the real ones.
Come back for the reviews soon and get your copies by clicking on the book cover.
Love goes out to Penguin for producing these beautiful Austen classics perfect for pockets everywhere. Not only would they serve for a great present, their handy sized format means that you never have to be without your favourite characters.
For many years I have tried to get friends who have always assumed they wouldn’t understand the language or that the pace woudl be too slow, to just give the stories a chance. Now I can slip a book into their pocket or handbag on the off chance they will pick it up in a spare moment. How many converts do you think I’ll get?
With gorgeous artwork covering some of the best stories to come out of Britain who could resist? Click on the cover of your favourite novel to add to your collection.
A picture is worth a thousand words…which is why we want you to send in a picture of your favourite places to read. Whether it is on a comfy sofa or your favourite coffee shop, we want to see where you most enjoy relaxing with a good book. The more the creative the better! We will be compiling a picture gallery of your snaps for fellow bookworms to enjoy.
New release from Vintage Love, a beautiful collection of poetry and pose dedicated to love. Unlike many collections which pull out the same Shakespeare sonnets and Wordsworth poems we are familiar with, When Love Speaks is different, with some unusual works and some you probably haven’t heard before.
Not only does it contain more unique material the sense of collection of learning and growing rather than full blown romance which is something quite refreshing and as editor, Adam O’Riordan, explains he became tired of anthologies that sounded like ‘clichés and tired-sounding greeting card rhymes’. So for example, when you come across Austen’s name you may expect the dashing proposal from Mr Darcy to Elizabeth but instead you are treated to an extract from Sense and Sensibility where Edward reflects on his mistake in his first, hasty engagement on his way to propose to Eleanor. These carefully selected works cover a wide spectrum of emotions and periods of life.
Expect more than the usual from When Love Speaks and whether you are preparing a speech, your vows, or simply a true romantic at heart, there will be something for you to enjoy.
If you were to save just one book to preserve for future generations, what would it be? It’s a difficult choice for most readers, however, Orange, in partnership with Vintage Classics, has took on the challenge.
Coinciding with celebrations for the 16th anniversary of the Orange Prize for Fiction, six previous winners have chosen a title to be released in a new series as part of Orange Inheritance. Kate Mosse, Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction commented on the importance of the campaign ‘This wonderful collection reminds us of how classics become classics…the books we fall in love with when we are young, the books we inherit or come to be recommended by friends and family, those novels that influence us.’ The collection will feature the following novels:
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf selected by Helen Dunmore, Orange Prize winner in 1996
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy selected by Anne Michaels, Orange Prize winner in 1997
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman chosen by Linda Grant, winner of the Orange Prize in 2000
So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell selected by Ann Patchett, Orange Prize winner in 2002
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates selected by Lionel Shriver, Orange Prize winner in 2005
Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac selected by Rose Tremain, Orange Prize winner in 2008
After much moaning which sounded like I was more in pain then choosing between books, I managed to decide on my choice – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. There are two main reasons for this, firstly, the author herself is part of the fascination of this novel. A painfully shy woman who overcame her terror of London in order to convince her publisher it was indeed a woman, not a man, who was penning these deeply gothic and disturbing novels. I would have paid good money to see the publishers face that day.
Ultimately, Jane Eyre is the ultimate Gothic Romance which so many British writers indulge in. Bronte contrasts the dark elements with the lighter love story whilst tackling some important issues for women at the time. If that isn’t enough to absorb a reader then what is? Jane Eyre has always been a classic and always will and I hope future generations will agree.
Penguin are celebrating their 50th anniversary of the Modern Classic by publishing fifty new classics by the greatest writers of the last 100 years. Costing £3 each and roughly the same size as a postcard, the minimalistic grey and white covers contain some of the best short fiction from authors such as Kingsley Amis, H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse and Virginia Woolf which will look beautiful on your shelf.
ReaderIReadIt was lucky enough to get our hands on two of the fifty, Samuel Beckett’s The Expelled and Killer in the Rain by Raymond Chandler.
Samuel Beckett explores the world of love in two short stories The Expelled and First Love. Perferct if you are looking to explore Beckett’s work, the stories explore subjects of companionship and loneliness which is something that Beckett can express through literature in depth and with great poetic style.
For all those budding detectives among you, Killer in the Rain is the ultimate murder mystery where bodies appear as quickly as they disappear, fingers are pointed in a complex web of lies and double dealings and where characters name’s like Violets M’Gee adds to the atmosphere.
The books are perfectly sized to pop in your pocket for those times when you find yourself time to read out and about, and with over 50 to choose from the only difficulty you’ll have is deciding which one to read first.
Click on the covers to read more about the two books featured or treat yourself to all 50 by clicking on the box set.