Best known for designing the iconic covers for the Penguin Clothbound Classics, illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith has now created her first tale. Here she tells us the story behind becoming an author as well as a designer ahead of the release of her original fable, The Fox and the Star.

Patrick McGrath explains the story behind writing his 1996 novel Asylum, ahead of its reissue in the Penguin Essentials series this August.

You’ve probably heard that we’re celebrating a rather big birthday this month, but do you know where our famous covers came from? Read an extract from Penguin by Design and discover how the design of our beloved bird, and the iconic triband cover came about 80 years ago.

In Napoleon the Great, Andrew Roberts takes on the challenge of exploring the life and work of one of the titans of modern history. Isabelle de Cat, had the daunting task of creating a cover that could do justice to the book and its legendary subject. She shares the inspiration and the story behind her striking design.

Normally, we’re perfectly happy to have our beaks in a book of a wintery eve, but we’ve been spending rather more time gazing skywards lately, thanks to Susanna Hislop’s astronomy atlas, Stories in the Stars. Read about The Winter Oval, also known as Orion – a constellation which contains entire solar systems – in this exclusive extract from the book.

Don’t judge a book by its cover, goes the adage. All well and true, but how wonderful is a book with a cover as lovely and enticing as its insides? And how great is it when you choose a book based – don’t judge, everyone does it – on its irresistible cover and find that, […]