Classic lit, now with added pretty!

As a book nerd, I love it when publishing houses make editions of books so beautiful that I don't even care what is inside. If there is a book series which will leave you drooling for Victorian novels, it is Coralie Bickford-Smith's Penguin Classics hardcovers. Each cloth-bound book features a different pattern that ties in to its story, and they just look so lovely stacked up together, with all their colours and patterns.

We are currently carrying The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre.

You can drool over every single book at the Penguin flickr stream and as always, if it is available, we would love to special order it for you.

But that's not all! Faber and Faber (probably my favourite literary publishing house) just produced a limited series of six books, each on a different 20th century poet.
We've got W.B. Yeats, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and T.S. Eliot. These little books feature gorgeous covers with matching endpapers, and each is curated by a different influential writer (Seamus Heaney on Yeats, Hughes on Plath, and Simon Armitage on Hughes).

This is how the classics are meant to be read.

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