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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Jeremy Lewis, who has died aged 75, was the author of ‘Penguin Special. The Life and Times of Allen Lane
’. Self-described as a ‘grub street irregular’ he worked in ... Read more
Trustees are pleased to announce that the 2016-17 Post Graduate Bursary has been awarded to Sian Heap who is an MA student at Oxford Brookes University. Read more
I 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
Sheffield 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
From 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