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Went out shopping this morning to browse the charity shops in Chipping Norton. Managed to add a new book to my collection of Penguin vintage paperbacks from the local Oxfam bookshop! I've even added a shot of the process of styling the flatlay for you #photography nerds out there...
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#quentinblake
Thanks to the great @bibliobeque & @pigeonpostbooks for sharing your beautiful vintage Penguin books with their lovely Quentin Blake covers 😍

Two more from my collection :

Decline and Fall ~ 1967
Good Morning Miss Dove ~ 1961

Good Morning Miss Dove has fab little QB illustrations throughout!! Feel free to join in and share your QB editions 🙌🏼🐧💕📚 P.S. How is it not Christmas yet?!! P.P.S The pencil says ‘be different’ , a little gift from @jenniferallenart 😘

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#shelfie
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To mix things up, no breakfast post toady, because I never thought I'd see a bookshelf like this in germany. 😍
What a wonderful bookstore, full of beautiful editions. Sadly, I left with nothing more than two (adorable!) postcards- seeing that I'll be in GB in a few days and probably buy a lot of books. But I will be back, @ocelotberlin!
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One of our orders ready for collection sitting underneath the Christmas tree this evening!! #vintagegreen #vintagefeels #interiordesigner #interiorstyling #cushions #totes #vintagepenguin #vogue #penguinbooks #christmas #christmastree #ideas #festivefeels


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These shelves...
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I've collected over 300 Penguin books over the years, some dating back to 1935, and each one is a piece of history.
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The adverts on the back, the tissue-thin paper of WW2 and the lost bookmarks - receipts and photos secreted inside - all tell a story. Then there's the actual story each book holds. Some classics out there!
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Do you catalog your books?
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The books on the table in this photo are waiting to be shelved.
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I photograph my old Penguin books in the groups in which I purchased or received them before putting them on the shelf. But I’m afraid that the last time that I took a photograph of one of these discrete groups was in September, so I have a bit of catching up to do.
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As far as cataloging goes, this is not a great system, but at least it gives me a visual record until I commit to doing something more serious. And because I’m always hesitant to commit to something, that may still be a while.
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The books in this photo actually came from 5 different sources, and I had to separate them back into their groups after I took this, so that they can continue to wait for their turn to be photographed.
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I think that one of my New Year’s resolutions is going to be to pare down my books, organize them better, and decide on a system of cataloging for my Penguins.
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I’d love to hear about any systems that you use that would be appropriate for old books without ISBNs. Thanks!
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(A day late for #tribandtuesday)
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#otherpeoplesbooks #bookcataloging #bookorganization
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There are Penguins and Puffins and dogs in my shop, and these are just a handful of them 😀
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In the Puffin Book of Verse there is a poem called Lone Dog by Irene McLeod, which I like very much. The beginning of it goes like this: ♡


"I'm a lean dog, a keen dog, a wild dog and lone.

I'm a rough dog, a tough dog, hunting on my own!

I'm a bad dog, a mad dog, teasing silly sheep; 🐑🐕

I love to sit and bay the moon and keep fat souls from sleep" .
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Tove the cat 🐈, my photoshoot assistant 😜, always keen to help 🍒. Have a great Wednesday, everyone, and happy reading 🍒🍒. #ianmcewan #mypurplescentednovel #vintagepenguin #penguinrandomhouseuk #penguinvintage #palmprints #livewiresnz #cherries #notquiteripeyet #anoldcherrytree #kirsikatkypsyyjouluksi ja #melkeinomenankokoisia


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A late entry for #tribandtuesday , this book by Scottish author Josephine Tey (a pseudonym used by Elizabeth MacKintosh) dates from 1951. 🐧🐧 Good evening all ✌🏻✌🏻 #tribandtuesday #penguinbooks #vintagepenguin #bibliophile #bookstagram #bookcollection #instabook #bookish #bookworm #booklover #vintagepaperback #pgemeraldbooks


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“To-Day the sending of Christmas cards is an essential feature of an English Christmas.”
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Well, at least that is what the authors of Compliments of the Season, a King Penguin book about the history of Christmas cards, claimed in 1947.
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What do you think? Do you send Christmas cards? In the post, or an electronic greeting? Do you receive many cards?
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We send out Christmas cards every year and it has become a central part of our holiday preparations. There is always a lot of angst over taking the photo of the kids that graces the front, and then a little persuading to try to get the kids to each draw a small picture inside. My husband then scans all of the drawings, arranges the layout of the card and prints them all.
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I update our Christmas card list, usually adding a few new friends that we’ve made during the year. I enjoy selecting which holiday postage stamps to use. This year I picked birds in winter for domestic friends, and poinsettia stamps for international ones.
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I write a personal note in all the cards (some longer than others), so I don’t usually write more than 10 cards a day. Which means that many people don’t receive a card until after the holidays. But I like the chance to reflect on each person as I write, and to be thoughtful, as this is the only time during the year that I connect with some of the people on our list.
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My daughter has become adept at carving rubber stamps, so this year she carved a dala horse (a nod to our Swedish heritage) that we’ll stamp on the front of the envelopes.
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We’re a bit slower than usual this year, it’s December 11th, and I’m just sitting down to write the first card. But I’m going to put on some Christmas music, break out my new pen, and hope to send out a stack of holiday greetings today.
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SOLD OUT 💕
Beautiful “Brilliants” Christmas card/ornaments
Each of these lovely cards has a beautiful Christmas greeting that can then be hung directly on the tree 😍
Called “Brilliants” because each one has shiny, reflective foil, perfect for catching the colors on your tree.
All are unused and numbered on the back. *Penguin #5334
*Lamb #5346
*Bells #5331
*Candle #5333
$5.50 each plus postage ——————————————
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And when you read and re-read all of Charlotte Brontë's books, yet still want more - read 'Wide Sargasso Sea' by Jean Rhys. Here in a lovely Penguin edition from 1970 featuring cover illustration by Faith Jaques. --------------------------------------------#bookstagram #vintagebooks #vintagebook #jeanrhys #widesargassosea #usedbooks #booksforsale #romanticrebellion #penguinbooks #penguinpaperbacks #vintagepenguin #faithjaques #charlottebronte #janeeyre #janeeyreprequel #berthamason #antoinettecosway #madwomanintheattic #feministliterature #feminist #modernliterature #femalewriters #goodreads


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My shabbiest, oldest Graham Greene on this #tribandtuesday which is decidedly more hot and summery than this photo suggests.
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I’ve only read three pages of Greene so far, but he’s been on my TBR for so long I can’t even remember how he got there!

1945 | England Made Me by Graham Greene.

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The lovely Bentley/Farrell/Burnett design is back in the shop. This Vile Bodies edition is a reprint from 1980. I have two other Evelyn Waugh titles in similar editions as well. And it's only one week left of the sale in the etsy shop! 😃🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
Find the link on my profile..
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This is the first in a flurry of Penguin posts before Christmas. I’d hoped to post one a week throughout the year but I haven’t quite managed. I do, however, still have a few reviews up my sleeve and number 44 is Robert Graves’ autobiography, Goodbye to All That. This one has been on my TBR list for a long timeout it’s only after the First World War centenary that I finally got round to reading it. •

Written in 1929 before he moved permanently abroad, it begins with an account of Graves’ early years including his unhappy experiences as a schoolboy at Charterhouse where bullying and homoerotic encounters appeared to be the norm. •

Graves was the son of an Anglo-Irish father and a German mother and often spent school holidays with German relatives but when war broke out he joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers straight out of school. He served in France as a lieutenant and later captain before being seriously wounded and invalided back to England. •

His account of the war is visceral, harrowing and in places very funny. It’s packed with details of day-to-day life in the trenches, from the terrifying to the banal. •

Graves also writes about his encounters with fellow writers - his comrade and great friends, Siegfried Sassoon, Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence among others - as well as his doomed marriage to the feminist Nancy Nicholson. •

I can’t say that I fully warmed to Graves who comes across as a complex and damaged personality but Goodbye to All That is a great autobiography - intelligent, candid and brilliantly written. •

BTW this is another fabulous Paul Hogarth cover illustration. •

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‘A lot of my prophecies about the alienated society are going to come true. Everybody's going to be starring in their own porno films as extensions of the polaroid camera. Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head.’


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Festive penguins! #vintagepenguin #christmas #bookstagram


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Vintage little penguin figurine. Approximately 2.5" tall. Cute as can be! $7 #isnmemberitem #isn10spot #vintagepenguin #penguincollector


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Hope you’re all having a relaxing Sunday ✌🏻 Look what I found yesterday for €2.50 each..bargain city!! 🙌🏻 Had been looking out for this version of Lucky Jim with the lovely #quentinblake cover. This dates from 1968. And this other beauty was a bonus dating from 1963. Also with a Quentin Blake cover 🐧😀😀 Would love to see your Blake covers if you fancy sharing!! #penguinbooks #vintagepenguin #vintagebooks #paperback #bookstagram #instagram #bookish #bookworm #booklover #luckyjim #pgemeraldbooks


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The perfect book for a lazy afternoon curled up on the sofa, Nancy Mitford’s Pigeon Pie is number 43 in my Penguin Project. It’s a light-hearted and terrifically fun satire set during the first few months of the Second World War - a period now known as the Phoney War. •

I adored The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to get round to reading Pigeon Pie. Perhaps Mitford explains it in her preface: “I hope that anybody who is kind enough to read it in a second edition will remember that it was written before Christmas 1939. Published on 6th May 1940 it was an early and unimportant casualty of the real war which was then beginning.” •

Poking fun at, among other things, the upper classes, religious cults, spies and politicians, it’s peopled with over-the-top characters and a ludicrous plot but Mitford somehow carries it off - all the more remarkable when you consider how her own family was affected by the war. •

Pigeon Pie’s heroine is the aristocratic and somewhat scatty Sophia Garfield. Disappointed that the declaration of war hasn’t brought the excitement she craves, she spends her time drinking champagne in nightclubs and shopping at Harrods. With her pompous husband abroad and her lover in the army, she volunteers for a dull job at a first aid post. •

But when her beloved godfather is murdered and her French bulldog kidnapped, she realises she may just have uncovered a network of German spies in her own household. •

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Our bestselling cushion so far this festive season 🎄🎄 Add a splash of colour and country vibes to your living room #vintagegreen #interior_and_living #penguinbooks #vintagepenguin #interiorstyling #christmas #loungeliving #greens #countryliving #keepingpoultryandrabbitsonscraps #covers


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