Read an extract from Shirley Jackson’s dark masterpiece, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which is Waterstones’ Rediscovered Classic for October.
With Laurie Lee’s classic coming of age story, Cider With Rosie coming to BBC1 this Autumn, we dip into the archives to share Harold Nicolson’s review of the book from November, 1959.
In a career spanning almost forty years, Transworld Publishing Director Sally Gaminara has worked with authors including Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Nick Robinson. Exclusively for Think Smarter, Sally reflects on the editing process.
An accomplished novelist and short story writer, and a professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick, A. L. Kennedy understands the perils of relying on real life to draw your fictional characters. In this extract from On Writing, Kennedy describes the responsibility of invading a reader’s space, and how not to fill your fiction with the ghosts of your past.
Read an extract from To Hell and Back, Ian Kershaw’s compelling new narrative of events in Europe from 1919-1949.
Penguin Junior Designer, Chris Bentham, describes the design process behind Live This Book, by Tom Chatfield. Live This Book combines design and practical exercises to inspire you to reflect on, and interact with, the world around you.
Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, explains why Queen of Crime Agatha Christie’s books are perfect reading for sleuths big and small.
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake is a heart-rending and profoundly moving story of love and loss in World War II. As part of the new Penguin By Hand series, the cover has been recreated in hand embroidery by Jenny Hart. Read more on her creative process, and the challenges of using embroidery for a book jacket design, in this exclusive interview.
Read an extract from Emma Hooper’s debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, a story of love, pain and memory spanning fifty years, three lives, two continents and an ocean.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
We agree wholeheartedly with Jane Austen – so in celebration of this year’s Books are My Bag campaign, which kicks off this Saturday 10th October, some of our most discerning Penguins have shared their favourite independent bookshops.