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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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PCS AGM Reading 12 - 14 October 2018

PCS AGM Reading 12 - 14 October 2018 ImageA reminder of details of the AGM which will be held at the University of Reading Special Collections in October. Details as follows ... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

Penguin Collector 90

Penguin Collector 90 ImageA little late, in the longest spell of hot, dry weather in the British Isles since the summer of 19... well, since the publication of the sixth issue of the PCS Newsletter, ‘Penguin Collector 90’ has now been despatched to members. Read more
Posted on Wednesday, 18th July 2018

July Jaunts

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Who would have thought we could have so many sunny days. One could almost believe that it is summer. The book of the month is Gamesmanship [1826] by Stephen Potter which was published in Penguin by 1962. The cover drawing is by Nicolas Bentley...

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Posted on Tuesday, 10th July 2018

Peter Mayer (1936-2018)

Highly recommended is this interesting and insightful short profile on Peter Mayer which was broadcast on Radio 4 recently ...

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Posted on Thursday, 21st June 2018

June rambles

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An Edward Bawden design as picture of the month for June! May was generally good, weatherwise, throughout the UK and as this coincided with National Walking Month it gave us all an excuse to dust off our Guides even if we didn’t manage to get much further than the local hostelry...

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Posted on Friday, 15th June 2018