Beautiful Books

Take a look at these pretty things. In October Puffin re-packaged six of their best loved classic titles to celebrate Puffin’s 70th anniversary.  Each book has been re-imagined and illustrated by a well known British artist who each got to choose their own personal favourite from Puffin’s list to re-style.  Each volume comes in its own Perspex case.

Lauren Child, creator of the very wonderful Charlie and Lola books, choose to re-design The Secret Garden by Francess Hodgson Burnett.

Anthony Gormley, the internationaly celebrated sculptor, opted to re-design James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

Fashion designer, Orla Kiely, has re-styled Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson has been given a makeover by Frank Gehry, architectural icon and celebrity.

Pop art god, Sir Peter Blake, has stamped Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens with his own unique style.

David Adjaye, ground breaking architect, has re-designed, Jules’ Verne’s, Around The World In 80 Days.

Only 1,000 copies of each new edition have been published and they’re being sold for £100 a pop. They may be pricey but they are oh so lovely. I’m a bit late blogging about these but I thought as Christmas is coming up, I thought it was worth the mention.  It’s too late to purchase the Lauren Child version of The Secret Garden or the Anthomy Gormley version of James and The Giant Peach as both are now  sold out. ( Sigh) but there are copies of all the others still available.  So if you’re feeling generous get yourself to Puffin .

If these are a stretch too far, have a look at Penguin’s new additions to their clothbound classics catalogue designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Not quite as collectable but equally lovely and only £14.99 each. They’ve got three new titles out for Christmas, of which A Christmas Carol and Other Chritmas Writings by Charles Dickens is one. Check them out at Penguin.

And finally (although this really deserves its own post beause they are just so beautiful) to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Penguin Classics have published a stunning new hardback series of his works. The series comprises of his five generation-defining novels; The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise, The Last Tycoon and The Beautiful and Damned as well as Flappers and Philosophers, Fitzgerald’s collected short stories. These sumptuous new editions , have  been re-designed, again by Coralie Bickford-Smith (need to look this talented woman up!), with art deco patterning on elegant foil jackets, each complete with matching bookmark.

You can buy the whole set or individually for £14.99 each here.  I WANT, I WANT, I WANT!

Right I’m done doing everyone’s Christmas shopping. Off to do some of my own.


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