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Penguin Collectors Society


The Penguin Collectors Society is an educational charity with the objects of encouraging and promoting the study of Penguin Books and of conserving historical material in institutions available to researchers.

First published in 1935, Penguins rapidly became a force for cultural good on a par with the BBC or, later, the Open University. Penguins, Pelicans (non-fiction), Puffins (for children) and many other series fed a popular appetite for good reading, attractively packaged and cheap. Penguin today remains part of one of the world’s largest publishers. The Society’s members, numbering around 400 worldwide, are Penguin’s keenest students – and collectors.

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Alan Aldridge 1938 - 2017

Alan Aldridge 1938 - 2017 ImageI suspect that most members will have seen news of the death of Alan Aldridge. The broadsheet newspapers have, justifiably, devoted many column inches to his life and work and James Mackay will include a short piece in the upcoming Collector.

In particular, I would draw members' attention ... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, 21st March 2017

A Specials Event in Central Sheffield in June

A Specials Event in Central Sheffield in June ImageSheffield Hallam University will hold an event from lunchtime on Monday 19 June 2017 marking receipt of a generous gift of a long run of Penguin Specials. Read more
Posted on Friday, 17th March 2017

An opportunity to rescue Penguin bookshelves

An opportunity to rescue Penguin bookshelves ImageFrom the Penguin donkey to the Penguincubator, the subject of book display whether for sale or in one's own home, has exercised the mind of book lovers over the decades. Browsing Pinterest there are no end of ideas showing displays past and present; from libraries to tiny spaces, the grand to the ingenious. Display shelves for bookshops have an interesting history ... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, 7th March 2017

There's Nuffin Like a Puffin

There's Nuffin Like a Puffin ImageThere will be a talk on the art of the Puffin Book Club at the House of Illustration at 7pm on March 23rd 2017. For information and ticket links ... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

Book Fairs, Bookshops and Browsing!

Book Fairs, Bookshops and Browsing! ImageA quick round up of information gleaned from the internet that might be helpful to all those looking to increase their knowledge of all things Penguin.

Firstly, for all those interested in Book Fairs ... Read more
Posted on Thursday, 26th January 2017
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