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Gustave Dore’s London

In 1869 a journalist called Blanchard Jerrold joined forces with the famous French artist Gustave Doré to create an illustrated record of London. Night and day, this duo explored the city, going from poverty-stricken slums to royal palaces. The book, first published in parts, was called London: A Pilgrimage, and it contained 180 wood engravings. […]

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Penguin Postcards – 100 Book Jackets in One Box

Introducing the Penguin Classic Postcards – a collection of 100 postcards featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket.

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Tribulations of a Checkout Girl

Don’t get lippy with the checkout girl next time you are in the supermarket buying your groceries – she might be blogging about you or even putting it into a book. Great article in the Daily Telegraph about French checkout girl Anna Sam and her book Les Tribulations d’une Caissiere. By chronicling her experiences with […]

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Jesse Owens: The Man Who Outran Hitler

On Sept. 12, 1913, Jesse Owens, the American black man who caused a sensation at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin by winning four gold medals, was born. His incredible story of confronting racism and fascism through athletic acheivement is told in the book Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler. He died March 31, 1980.

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