Read an extract from A Snow Garden and Other Stories, a collection of six Christmas stories from Rachel Joyce, the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. A Faraway Smell of Lemon It is as if Binny has stepped through a curtain and discovered an alternative universe. It’s been here for ever, this shop, […]

Ghostly is a new short story collection curated and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife. Read Saki’s The Open Window, one of the stories included in the collection.

Edited and introduced by novelist and journalist Philip Hensher, The Penguin Book of the British Short Story celebrates the diversity and energy of British writers. In this extract, Hensher introduces the collection.

Comedian and author Limmy recounts the worst that can happen when you need to bleed your radiator in this daft wee story from his new collection.

It’s the summer of 1920 and WW1 veteran, Tom Birkin, finds refuge in the quiet village of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a sense of renewal. Read author Penelope Fitzgerald’s introduction to one of the great English summer reads.

We’re celebrating Independent Bookshop Week with this short story by author Salley Vickers, exclusively on the Penguin blog.

Although maybe not the most celebrated Christmas tradition, for us it’s up there with carol concerts and leaving a mince pie for Santa in the merry making stakes. Come December, we’re always poised, highlighter in hand to plan our Christmas viewing with our bumper edition Radio Times. This year is particularly exciting, with lots of our bookish chums making their big screen debuts. Here’s what we’ll be reading, and watching this Yuletide.


Earlier this year Penguin Random House UK worked with The Guardian and children’s marketing agency SuperAwesome to help find the UK’s best young blogger as one of the sponsors of the inaugural Future8 awards. As a bonafide bookworm and seasoned reviewer, we’re very excited to welcome Future8 Blogger category winner, Amber Kirk-Ford of The Mile Long Bookshelf to guest blog for us as part of her prize. In the first of three guest posts, Amber will be sharing her top Young Adult books of 2014, and letting us know what she’s most looking forward to in 2015. Over to Amber…

The concept was simple enough: one story for each day of the year, written on each day of the year; each story to be exactly the same length, 365 words. So, by the end of the year, there they would be: 365 365-word stories.

The motivation? To see what would happen.

You may already know Five Dials, a (mainly monthly) literary magazine published by Hamish Hamilton, one of Penguin's imprints. If you don't, you probably should – the magazine is free and promotes work from both emerging and established talents.  Over the years it has featured a diverse collection of literary fiction and non-fiction from the likes of Zadie Smith, […]