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World Penguin (Classics) Day



It’s World Penguin Day, and we thought it would be terribly remiss if we failed to celebrate some of our favourite penguins.


Penguin has become a staple of English Literature since it was founded in 1935, and no library would feel complete without a few well-thumbed and cracked black sleeves.


To mark the occasion, we’ve shared a few of our favourite penguins to give you some reading inspiration for your lockdown spring!


The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck:


“Forced out of their rural Oklahoman homes by the ravages of the Dust Bowl, the Joad family embark on a desperate journey to California in pursuit of dreams as old as America itself, tha of self-sufficiency, self-determination and freedom.”

  • Seb Cray


The Mating Season, P.G. Wodehouse:


“In a global pandemic nothing could be more comforting than P.G. Wodehouse, and “The Mating Season” is absolutely my favourite Jeeves and Wooster comedy of errors: featuring no less than five aunts, a labyrinthine plot of slapstick romantic confusion, and the perfect creation that is Gussie Fink-Nottle (who temporarily falls for Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright's sister Corky), it's as soothing and as entertaining as wallowing all afternoon in Peter Jones.”

  • Catherine Anderson


The Fall, Albert Camus:


Absurdism to a T, with a man who has lost his innocence and, upon glimpsing the transience of life, accepts death, all recounted in a drunken conversation.

  • Aoivakus


Oblomov, Ivan Goncharov:


Devastatingly satirical, and perhaps an apt summary of life in the 21st century, our (anti) hero Oblomov is incapable of is ineptitude personified, who struggles to make important decisions or do anything meaningful.

  • Warren Zoyd


The New Machiavelli, H.G. Wells:


“Man gets scandalous, runs to Italy and apologises a lot about what he should have done.”

  • Adam D. Telfer


Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy:


Originally censored when it first appeared, “A pure woman faithfully presented” scandalised late Victorian society by challenging their sexual morals.

  • Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman


The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd:


A wonderful coming of age novel, dealing with loss and betrayal in 1960s South Carolina.

  • Phoebe Hollings


Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf:


From one of the greatest British writers who ever lived, Mrs Dalloway is a modernist masterpiece dealing with a societal change in consciousness following The Great War.

  • Claude Pink

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