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Penguin Celebrations


The Penguin nostalgiafest rolls on, with the release of the Penguin Celebrations series:

Whether orange, blue, green, pink or purple, Penguin Celebrations give readers everywhere unique voices, enthralling stories and quite simply the best books of their kind to be published in recent years. What's not to celebrate?

Um. The name perhaps?

Still, the thirtysix books look lovely, published in six different series: "Light Blue for big ideas, Green for mystery, Orange for fantastic fiction, Pink for distant lands, Dark Blue for real lives and Purple for viewpoints"; all using an adaptation of the classic Jan Tschichold grid.

It does feel slightly odd to read contemporary literature dressed up in period costume though, and you get the feeling that these are books to be displayed and collected rather than read. Particularly as they're only doing one print run.

If you are going to read one of them though, we'd suggest picking up The Secret History by Donna Tart. It really is a classic.

You can pick them up from the Penguin site in a three-for-two offer.

posted: 19 September 2007
categories: Books
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