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  • Celebrating Sir Allen Lane’s life and legacy

    In 1934, on his way to London after visiting his friend Agatha Christie, the young publisher, Allen Lane, stopped at the station bookstall at Exeter St. Davids and saw that the books on sale were of a poor quality and overpriced. What was needed, he realised, were good books at a price everyone could afford. Within a year he had founded Penguin Books, creating a paperback revolution that would sweep the world.
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  • Interview with Clare Morpurgo, Sir Allen Lane's eldest daughter

    Clare Morpurgo MBE is the eldest daughter of Sir Allen Lane. She is the inspiration and driving force behind erecting a plaque to her father at Exeter St David's station where he was inspired to create Penguin Books in 1934. Clare spoke to Graham Sim, Creative Director at Penguin Random House, about her father and her own work.
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  • Cathy Cassidy: “libraries treat us all as equals”

    Penguin Random House author Cathy Cassidy spoke passionately about the importance of reading for pleasure and public libraries at the launch event for Read North East, read her speech in its entirety below. Click here to find out more about Read North East – a new campaign to raise children’s literacy levels in the North East.
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  • The Female Lead and Gail Rebuck

    The Female Lead features portraits of 50 inspirational women. Baroness Gail Rebuck features in the book, so we caught up with her to talk through her hopes, ambitions and female role models that helped shape her career.
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