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.

James Rebanks, aka The Herdwick Shepherd, shares his favourite Penguin Classics exclusively for the Penguin Blog.

After a spot of August reading inspiration? Look no further as Senior Editor for Vintage Classics, Frances Macmillan has shared her top ten gardens in literature.

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

What happened when we posed the ultimate question to guest blogger, Lucy Mangan- which of the new A Puffin Book collection would she take on holiday if she were only allowed three? Read on to find out.

Written before the beloved To Kill A Mockingbird but only recently rediscovered, Go Set A Watchman sees Scout, grown up and living in New York, returning to Alabama to confront her feelings about her hometown. Read the first chapter of the book we’ve all been waiting for.

It’s fairly rare that the written word moves us to actual tears, but we’ve shed a few reading the very moving letter that Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaugherhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle, wrote to the Vietnam Draft Board about his son’s registration as a conscientious objector in 1967. Demonstrating the meaning of fatherly love, it details the reasons Vonnegut is proud of his son for making the choice to refuse to fight.

Azar Nafisi, the author of the internationally acclaimed Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, marks Saul Bellow’s 100th birthday.

Our resident blogger and expert on all things bookish reflects on the history of Alice in Wonderland and why we still love Lewis Caroll’s tale 150 years on. We’ll be reading this month’s post with a cup of tea and a jam tart.

As Publishing Director at Penguin Random House, Tony Lacey is well acquainted with the antics of aristocratic art dealer, Charlie Mortdecai. Tony reflects on the adaptation process that brought Kyril Bonfiglioli’s ‘cult’ crime character to the big screen.