Something old and something new with Penguin Modern

Never has it been so easy to be a bookworm. If, like me, you’re a sucker for a stylish cover and a bargain, you need to check out Penguin’s new Modern series.

With 50 titles at just £1 each (I know, right!), you can sample a classic writer’s work in a bitesize chunk. Don’t fancy heading straight for Jack Kerouac’s On the Road? Try Piers of the Homeless Night first to see if you like his style. Thinking about reading more widely about the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr? Start with Letter from Birmingham Jail.

This collection of classics features the work of some pretty big names, including Daphne du Maurier, Allen Ginsberg, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Susan Sontag, Truman Capote, Betty Friedan and Vladimir Nabokov.

The lovely chaps at Penguin sent me a selection to review and I couldn’t help but swoon a little bit over the package when it arrived.

I was sent Till September Petronella by Jean Rhys, The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson, The Red Tenda of Bologna by John Berger, The Gigolo by Francoise Sagan, Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr, Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward that Death-Chamber by Allen Ginsberg and Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell.

So far I’ve only read Jean Rhys’ Till September Petronella (I chose her four short stories about women for International Women’s Day) but I love that I can carry a couple in my bag for emergencies. I’ll certainly be picking up a few more. Keep an eye on my weekly Little Loves posts (live on Fridays) for future reviews.

I was sent these books for review purposes but all nerdy thoughts are my own

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