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The festive season can get truly hectic, what with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Panic Saturday and all those dubiously named days. Instead, why not treat yourself or someone else to a brilliantly calm Christmas, we have sourced a selection of books that cover mindfulness, compassion, and getting creative.

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We’ve long been fans of colouring books, and the satisfaction that comes from picking up our pencils and watercolours, The Liberty Colouring Book is no exception. We’ve spoken to editor Zoe Bohm on working with the iconic company.

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As part of the new Penguin By Hand series, the cover of Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love has been recreated in cross stitch by Emma Ruth Hughes. Read more on her creative process in this exclusive interview.

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Penguin Junior Designer, Chris Bentham, describes the design process behind Live This Book, by Tom Chatfield. Live This Book combines design and practical exercises to inspire you to reflect on, and interact with, the world around you.

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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake is a heart-rending and profoundly moving story of love and loss in World War II. As part of the new Penguin By Hand series, the cover has been recreated in hand embroidery by Jenny Hart. Read more on her creative process, and the challenges of using embroidery for a book jacket design, in this exclusive interview.

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Penguin by Hand is a collection of six of some of Penguin’s best loved titles written by women in recent years, all with beautiful craft-inspired jackets. Designer Brenda Riddle explains the story behind creating the quilt that ended up as the cover of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel, The Help.

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Find our what happened when we set up shop in London’s BOXPARK this September as part of our 80th birthday celebrations!