Literature & Stories

Why we read: The design of Penguin Books, est. 1935

They say never judge a book by it’s cover. Well good for you, but that’s precisely how must of us, who only encounter books in airport lounges, go about buying them anyway.

First welcomes the Penguin Design Award. The winners were selected from over 40 design colleges in the United Kingdom.

The history of Penguin book design, which revolutioned British publishing since their introduction in 1935, was recently on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Look (and read) HERE


Source: Penguin Books

Literature & Stories

Hugo Chavez’s ‘Hollywood life story’

Q&A with Bart Jones, a former Associated Press reporter and Catholic mission worker in the slums of Caracas, talking about his biography of Venezulan President Hugo Chavez.


He was literally born in a mud hut and rose to his nation’s highest office. At 17 he gained entrance to his country’s West Point, then later spent 10 years organizing a clandestine conspiracy in the military aimed at overthrowing what he viewed as a corrupt and repressive regime. He launched a coup in 1992, went to jail for two years, and eventually ran for president against a 6-foot-1 blonde former Miss Universe – and won. And that’s just his life before the presidency.

Read more HERE

Literature & Stories

Book extract: Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace


English novelist David Peace wrote arguably the finest novel about football, The Damned Utd. Seriously. His most recent novel Tokyo Year Zero, follows a Japanese detective hunting down a serial killer amid the aftermath of World War Two.

Published last year Tokyo Year Zero is the first in a trilogy of books by Peace, set during the United States occupation of Japan, where the novelist now lives.

Read the extract HERE

Literature & Stories

First Chapter: A Writer’s People’ by VS Naipaul


We were a small, mainly agricultural colony and we said all the time, without unhappiness, that we were a dot on the map of the world. It was a liberating thing to be, and we were really very small. There were just over half a million of us. We were racially much divided. On the island, small though we were, the living half-cultures or quarter-cultures of colonial Europe and immigrant Asia knew almost nothing of one another; a transported Africa was the presence all around us, like the sea. Only segments of our varied population were educated, and in the restricted local way, which we in the sixth form understood very well: we could see the professional or career cul-de-sacs to which our education was leading us.

Read entire first chapter HERE