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  • Behind the scenes at the in-house Vintage Creativity Day

    Ever wondered how our design teams create their fantastic covers? Back in November, the Vintage Design team decided to give their colleagues a taste of their day-to-day work with a special Creativity Day.
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  • Celebrating Libraries Week 2017

    This week marked Libraries Week; a week celebrating the innovative, diverse and creative opportunities that UK libraries have to offer. Throughout the week, we had a chat with two very different libraries about the role they play in our community in 2017.
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  • We visited four of our favourite independent bookshops for #BookShopDay

    On Saturday October 7, bookshops, publishers and authors from across the country are preparing for #BookShopDay - the annual centrepiece of Books Are My Bag's nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. To get you in the mood, we met up with four brilliant bookshops - Libreria, Gay's the Word, Dulwich Books and Mr B's Emporium.
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  • Celebrating poetry at Penguin Random House

    On National Poetry Day, we're sharing some of the ways Penguin Random House is championing poetry in 2017.
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  • Meet our volunteer readers

    As schools across the country kick off the new academic year, 80 Penguin Random House colleagues are getting ready to take part in our annual volunteer reading programme in ten local schools.
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  • What happens at a JobHack?

    What does it mean when you walk into a room containing a flurry of flipchart paper, a host of enthusiastic publishers, and tables filled with Penguin merchandise? Nine times out of ten, a JobHack is about to begin.
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  • Author Naomi Alderman on writing about an under-discussed community

    When I started work on my first novel Disobedience, which was published in 2006, I knew that I wanted to write about the community I come from: the Orthodox Jewish community in Northwest London.
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  • Thoughts from an illustrator involved in our picture book project with Ministry of Stories

    In June 2017, Penguin Random House UK and Ministry of Stories launched seventeen unique new picture books, all written by children between the ages of 8 and 12 and brought to life by volunteer illustrators. This unique publishing project is part of a partnership between Penguin Random House UK and Ministry of Stories, which is now in its second year.
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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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