John Cleese and his Father

Read an extract from John Cleese’s autobiography, So Anyway on his father’s explantation for the Luftwaffe’s 1940 attack on the Somerset seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.

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Today (7 April) marks 100 years since the birth of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Here, John Szwed – author of Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth – pays homage to the iconic singer with his five favourite tracks. As well as the videos in this post, we’ve put the songs into a Spotify playlist, so you can listen while you read.

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Here, writing exclusively for Women on the Page, biographer Jennifer Kloester celebrates 80 years of Georgette’s Heyer’s first Regency novel, Regency Buck.

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‘They relied on their faith in ideas and their belief that words matter.’ Charlotte Gordon, prize-winning poet and biographer, tells the Penguin Blog about the rule breakers that were Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.

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In Napoleon the Great, Andrew Roberts takes on the challenge of exploring the life and work of one of the titans of modern history. Isabelle de Cat, had the daunting task of creating a cover that could do justice to the book and its legendary subject. She shares the inspiration and the story behind her striking design.

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Stuck for a Father’s Day present? (It’s June 15th – that’s this Sunday, in case you were wondering.) Us Penguins are here to help… “People say they have dads that are like their best friends. I’ve never thought of mine like that, as even my best friends I don’t want to hang out with all […]