A short and sweet novella, written by the teenage Françoise Sagan that scandalised 1950s France, Bonjour Tristesse is the shimmering, stylish story of Cécile over one hot summer. Here we take a look at the design of the book since it was first published by Penguin in 1956.

Suzanne Dean, the designer behind the cover of Sara Taylor’s stunning new novel, The Shore, talks the Penguin Blog through the creative process of creating this particular book jacket.

Read an exclusive extract from Ladybird by Design, by Lawrence Zeegen, a celebration of 100 years of words and pictures.

Calling all creative Penguins! Are you a disciple of Davros? Hungry for Who? A design
Timelord (a Designlord, if you will)? Scarves off, sleeves rolled up, and sonic screwdriver at the ready: it’s time to design.

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.

What do you get when you combine timeless children’s stories, brand new illustrators, and one rather mischievous little bird? A Puffin Book!

Designer Tom Sanderson tells us the story behind the twenty new covers that make up the collection.

Mirza Waheed shares the border-crossing, generation-transcending story behind the cover design of his novel, The Book of Gold Leaves.


Celebrating 50 years of Roald Dahl’s groundbreaking Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Penguin UK would like to share a new edition with you. Publishing for the first time as a Penguin Modern Classic, this design is in recognition of the book’s extraordinary cultural impact and is one of the few children’s books to be featured in the Penguin Modern Classics list.

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The Penguin art department collaborated with renowned photographer Dan Tobin Smith to create a unique cover design for Mark Miodownik’s equally unique book Stuff Matters. Here Penguin designer Richard Bravery talks us through the process.

UPDATE: The designers – Coralie Bickford-Smith, Katy Finch, Richard Green, Benjamin Hughes, Lee Motley and Matthew Young – will be here TODAY between 1 and 2pm to answer your questions about what they do at Penguin: the second in a series of live Q&As to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how publishing really works. We’ll […]