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"As the shadows and echoes multiply…"
#GretelandtheDark - coming soon.

penguindesign:

"As the shadows and echoes multiply…"

#GretelandtheDark - coming soon.

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"I don’t know you. The only thing I know about you is, you’re reading this. I don’t know if you’re happy or not; I don’t know whether you’re young or not. I sort of hope you’re young and sad. If you’re old and happy, I can imagine that you’ll smile to yourself when you hear me going, he broke my heart. You’ll remember someone who broke your heart, and you’ll think to yourself, Oh yes, I remember how that feels. But you can’t, you smug old git. Oh you’ll remember feeling sort of pleasantly sad. You might remember listening to music and eating chocolates in your room, or walking along the embankment on your own, wrapped up in a winter coat and feeling lonely and brave. But can you remember how with every mouthful of food it felt like you were biting into your own stomach? (…) Can you remember dreaming every night that you were still together?’ - Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down, soon to be a film starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette

"I don’t know you. The only thing I know about you is, you’re reading this. I don’t know if you’re happy or not; I don’t know whether you’re young or not. I sort of hope you’re young and sad. If you’re old and happy, I can imagine that you’ll smile to yourself when you hear me going, he broke my heart. You’ll remember someone who broke your heart, and you’ll think to yourself, Oh yes, I remember how that feels. But you can’t, you smug old git. Oh you’ll remember feeling sort of pleasantly sad. You might remember listening to music and eating chocolates in your room, or walking along the embankment on your own, wrapped up in a winter coat and feeling lonely and brave. But can you remember how with every mouthful of food it felt like you were biting into your own stomach? (…) Can you remember dreaming every night that you were still together?’ - Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down, soon to be a film starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette


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We don’t stick exclusively to Penguin books around the office. We recently started a team book club - first up was The Cuckoo’s Calling and this month was To Kill a Mockingbird (unwittingly going with a bird theme here).

We don’t stick exclusively to Penguin books around the office. We recently started a team book club - first up was The Cuckoo’s Calling and this month was To Kill a Mockingbird (unwittingly going with a bird theme here).


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Shelfie Friday! This one is from publicist Poppy and it looks like she’s borrowed pretty liberally from the Penguin shelves.

Shelfie Friday! This one is from publicist Poppy and it looks like she’s borrowed pretty liberally from the Penguin shelves.


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Two men. Two quests.
Two centuries apart.
Four ways to experience the search for a lost tribe.
Album. Book. Film. App.

(Gruff Rhys’s American Interior out in May - see more here)


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Rubbish at Adultery

Another oh-so-romantic treat from Sophie Hannah’s anthology The Poetry of Sex

Rubbish at Adultery by Sophie Hannah

Must I give up another night
To hear you whinge and whine
About how terribly grim you feel
And what a dreadful swine
You are? You say you’ll never leave
Your wife and children. Fine;

When have I ever asked you to?
I’d settle for a kiss.
Couldn’t you, for an hour or so,
Just leave them out of this ?
A rare ten minutes off from guilty
Diatribes – what bliss.

Yes, I’m aware you’re sensitive:
A tortured, wounded soul.
I’m after passion, thrills, and fun.
You say fun takes its toll,
So what are we doing here? I fear
We’ve lost our common goal.

You’re rubbish at adultery.
I think you ought to quit.
Trouble is, at fidelity,
You’re also slightly shit.
Choose one and do it properly
You stupid, stupid git.


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First peek at the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down, out March 21.

We think this YouTube commenter says it best: "Much Hornby, so Aaron Paul, very anticipation."


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Last year’s debut novelist superstar Taiye Selasi with her editor Venetia Butterfield and our debut novelist superstar to be, Emma Healey - at a sold out event last night hosted by Stylist, Waterstones and the pretty cool Ace Hotel.


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We thrive on routine, so we’re dubbing every Friday from this day henceforth to be Shelfie Friday. This beauty’s from marketer Celeste (possibly setting the bar just a little too high)


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