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In 1935 the British publisher Allen Lane produced a range of ten books in a revolutionary paperback binding and put them on sale for sixpence each. The distinctive orange and white books made Penguin a household name, synonymous with good literature and popular learning. Eleven years later an Australian office was set up in a tin shed in South Melbourne. "A Rare Bird" is the vivid portrayal of the dramas, the tensions, the books and the people involved in building what is today one of the largest and most successful book publishing operations in the country.
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Book Description Penguin Book Australia, VIC, 1996. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 197 pages, illustrated. Publisher's stamp dated 1 July 1996 on half title page. Size: 8vo. 20 x 13cm. Book. Seller Inventory # 001549
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR009155861