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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The editor seeks NEW WRITING
for the next ‘Penguin Collector
’. There are already some good pieces in the first draft of what will be number 90. This is a reminder – rather like those we get at this time of year for water charges or council tax, but without the threats – to members who may be able to help make it an especially good issue. Read more
A few copies of the following out of stock publications have been located ... Read more
The weather is certainly setting March up to come in like a lion and my choice of title, which amusingly came up in Eggheads recently, has to be by Apsley Cherry-Garrard! Read more
We are moving through winter, the days are (slowly) lengthening and the snowdrops are popping out so it is time to have a recap of what's on and what to watch out for. Read more
Two exhibitions that are surely on Members' wish lists in one place! Between 6 January and 29 April 2018 the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is home to an exhibition featuring Elizabeth Friedlander and her relationship with Penguin. Alongside this is a display entitled 20 Years of Penguin Essentials
which looks at the series that began in 1998. Read more