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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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Latest News

Jeremy Lewis 1942 - 2017

Jeremy Lewis 1942 - 2017 ImageJeremy 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
Posted on Monday, 24th April 2017

Bursary News

Bursary News ImageTrustees 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
Posted on Tuesday, 11th April 2017

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