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In this month’s blog, Lucy Mangan muses on her tumultuous relationship with rhyming verse, from her father’s lyrical outbursts to her teenage poetic epiphany.

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Read an extract from Shirley Jackson’s dark masterpiece, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which is Waterstones’ Rediscovered Classic for October.

The Illustrated Animal Farm

2015 marks the 75th anniversary since George Orwell’s chilling fable of idealism betrayed, ANIMAL FARM was first published. Read an extract from the 1954 illustrated edition, republished this year by Penguin Classics.

The Fox and the Star Coralie Bickford-Smith

Best known for designing the iconic covers for the Penguin Clothbound Classics, illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith has now created her first tale. Here she tells us the story behind becoming an author as well as a designer ahead of the release of her original fable, The Fox and the Star.

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James Rebanks, aka The Herdwick Shepherd, shares his favourite Penguin Classics exclusively for the Penguin Blog.

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The Pumpkin Eater is a semi-autobiographical black comedy about family and love in 60s Britain. Our nameless heroine speaks, at first from a therapist’s couch about her life, her depression and the betrayals she’s suffered.

Read an extract from the opening of the book, new to Penguin Modern Classics.

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It’s the summer of 1920 and WW1 veteran, Tom Birkin, finds refuge in the quiet village of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a sense of renewal. Read author Penelope Fitzgerald’s introduction to one of the great English summer reads.