Penguin celebrates 150 Years of the Underground

150 Years of the Underground cr PenguinJourneys are always good fuel for fiction, so the 12 authors commissioned to write tales inspired by the London Tube for Penguin Lines must have had a ball. I think it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, and especially poignant as Penguin paperbacks first came into being when their creator Allen Lane was seeking quality, affordable fiction to read on a train journey in 1935.

The 12 tales include works by authors such as William Leith and Lucy Wadham, but also collaborative efforts like ‘Mind The Child’ written by the children of London charity Kids Company in partnership with Camila Batmanghelidjh.

The stories promise to show “how we are connected, and how the space in which we live shapes us and our imaginations” and cost £4.99 each. Just the thing to dip into on that rush hour commute.

Find out more.


A very Penguin Advent

Penguin animationHave you spotted the Penguin Advent calendar? It’s only just come to my attention, and I’ve spent the last ten minutes clicking through the days I’ve missed – a bit like eating all the chocolates at once, only more far satisfying!

Each day features a different quirky animation (like this Penguin-interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – genius!), a comment, recommendation or Christmas greeting from an author, a one-day discount or something else book-related and festive.

It’s fab fun – head to Penguin’s Advent Calendar to discover it for yourself!