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Our aim as a division is closely aligned to that of Penguin’s founder, Allen Lane: to publish good books for everyone. We are a broad church for anyone who is culturally inquisitive. Our publishing incorporates bestsellers and prize-winners, books of quality written for a wide audience. Our books can be scholarly, but they are always accessible; they may be literary but also inclusive. Our authors are storytellers from all over the globe, and our simple mission is to connect them with a large and appreciative readership.
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We publish prize-winning novelists and top 10 bestsellers; we embrace traditionalists and mould-breakers; we welcome authors from all over the world: giants of the literary firmament and new voices breaking out for the first time. We are home to experts who are great communicators of ideas: historians, economists, philosophers, business leaders, scientists and to people who are known for their achievements on the sports field, in the kitchen, or on stage.
Meet our Authors
Penguin General publishes the widest possible range of literary fiction and non-fiction. Our fiction list includes John le Carré, Zadie Smith, Nick Hornby, Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín, Arundhati Roy, Elif Shafak, William Trevor, Nina Stibbe, Jonathan Coe, Javier Marias and Joshua Ferris. In non-fiction, the range covers current affairs, history, biography, memoir, economics, science, narrative non-fiction, music, art and sport. Our authors include Antony Beevor, Robert Macfarlane, Clare Balding, Alain de Botton, Susan Cain, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Daniel Levitin, Ben Macintyre, Laurence Rees, Claire Tomalin, Noam Chomsky and Jonathan Dimbleby.
Our backlist authors includes Anne Frank’s diary and books by Mahatma Gandhi, Gabriel García Márquez, George Orwell, J. D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, Malcolm X and Elie Wiesel.
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The Face of Britain by Simon Schama
A portrait opens a window into a person's life: who they were and wanted to be, who the artist saw – and how everyone else looked on.
From the divine paintings of Elizabeth I to the iconic photograph of 'bulldog' Churchill; from Victorian portraits of dead children to Hockney’s of his elderly parents; from anonymous workers to the artists themselves, Simon Schama uses a stunning and surprising array of images to tell the story of the British from the Tudors to the present day. He will change the way we see Britain and each other.