A free penguin

| 3 August , 2009 | 20 Replies

It’s my birthday today and I thought I would celebrate with a giveaway for you.

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Penguin Books Australia recently announced 50 more titles in the Popular Penguins series. The new books are available in bookstores NOW and include iconic titles such as A Room of One\’s Own, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Brideshead Revisited, Dracula, Fever Pitch, Madame Bovary, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Persuasion, The War of the Worlds and Wuthering Heights.

13 Australian titles have been released, including work from some of our best known and loved writers such as Nick Cave, Marcus Clarke, Timothy Conigrave, Ruth Cracknell, Robert Drewe, Helen Garner, Sonya Hartnett, Henry Handel Richardson, Donald Horne, Elizabeth Jolley, Joan Lindsay, Ruth Park and Randolph Stow.


Popular Penguins were originally developed to appeal to fans of the Penguin Classics series and to bring new readers to some of the greatest literature ever written.

In keeping with the 1935 vision of founding publisher Allen Lane, the Popular Penguins deliver “intelligent books for a vast reading public” at an affordable price for everybody. Since their initial publication in September 2008 the series has sold over 300,000 copies.  Wow these little penguins have been waddling around the globe since 1935, pretty impressive.

  • And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave
  • The Bodysurfers by Robert Drewe
  • For the Term of his Natural Life by Marcus Clarke
  • The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  • The Harp in the South by Ruth Park
  • Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave
  • Journey From Venice by Ruth Cracknell
  • The Lucky Country by Donald Horne
  • The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow
  • Monkey Grip by Helen Garner
  • Of A Boy by Sonya Hartnett
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  • The Well by Elizabeth Jolley

Find your favourite at: Popular Penguins.


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** Australian residents only, please comment below why you love Penguin Classics and which one is your favourite. Winners announced at the end of the week. Good luck.

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  1. Jacque Duffy says:

    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you

  2. sassisam says:

    Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and great comments, it was so hard to choose but the five winners with the best comment are:

    1. Jacque Duffy
    2. Sandi
    3. Lorraine
    4. Natalie
    5. Leeann Kirov

    I’ll contact you directly for your postal address.


  3. Jacque Duffy says:

    Happy Birthday to youuuu
    Happy birthday to youuuu
    Happy Biiirthdayyy
    Sassi Sam…
    Happy Birthday to you.
    A penguin Classic – a perrrfect gift for a sassi girl – they’re handbag size! They can stretch the mind and imagination but not the beautiful stitching…
    Happy birthday

  4. Mandy says:

    As much as I love a good story, I’d like to improve my writing. So ‘Usage and Abusage’ would be my pick. Happy Birthday!

  5. Kirsty says:

    My favourite is ‘Cold Comfort Farm’. I first saw the tv series, then got given the audio book one Christmas, however I’ve actually never read the book.

    Happy Birthday to the Sassiest one of them all x

  6. Greg says:

    My favourite has to be Casino Royale by far. Not only launched a franchise that has lasted generations, but presented James Bond to the world

  7. Kate Kendall says:

    I’m not commenting to win (because I have quite the collection that needs reading already), just wanted to say Happy Birthday and love the idea!

  8. lesa lardner-brown says:

    Happy Birthday Sam xox
    I would love a copy of Monkey Grip as my ex-husband took mine when we divorced – and I would love my son who is now 15 to read it!

  9. Matt says:

    Happy Birthday

  10. Natalie says:

    Sassi birthday to you!

    My favourite of those that I’ve read is Holding the Man but I have just realised I have never turned a page in so many of those classics.

  11. Elana Bowman says:

    Happy Birthday Sam! Hope you have a wonderful and blissful day. Enjoy the sun.

    I love the Penguin books as well and love the story behind them and their orange covers. I used to collect them but gave away so many books when I moved to Oz.

    You’re very sweet giving away books on your b-day!

  12. Sandi says:

    The Great Gatsby is probably my favourite – for some reason it transports me back in time and makes me feel like I’m sitting in the middle of a gorgeous city, wearing gloves and drinking tea. And then I realise I am and think ‘Oh, how wonderful that a story can span generations and still be relevant, and still make people think and feel’.

  13. Tracy says:

    Nicholas. The Penguin cover is a cozy, charming, much loved almost-icon, democratic and accessible, triggering sense memories from childhood. Those paperbacks piled up are very soothing. They recall a gentler time when people were more interested in the content of a book than its jacket. I love the old Penguin jackets and by the way – ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. So they are both retro and cool.

  14. Leeann Kirov says:

    I love those penguins books and so many classics to chose from … I just read witches of eastwick, had a copy along time ago then lost ..glad it was repackaged in the penguin books ……mmm next one on the cab rank Casino Royale shaken and not stirred … have an extra special birthday Girl keep on entertaining us 🙂 xoxox

  15. Amanda says:

    Happy Birthday Sassi!!! I love the new look penguin books and have been collecting them since they came out… though I seem to be missing: “The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow” 🙂
    Enjoy your day Birthday Girl!! xxx

  16. Lorraine says:

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 Hope you had a good one!
    I loved Penguin books as in high school my English studies were generally based around them! I loved studying English and Penguin books remind me of being in high school again (sad huh? :P)
    Ooh that’s hard choosing only one favourite! I would say it would be Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

  17. Liv says:

    Help me feel more cultured
    ps: Happy Birthday

  18. Marion says:

    Hey! Happy Birthday!!!
    And i like that you want to give us some stuff when it is your birthday! Cool.
    Well, i’d definitely love one of those gievaways. I actually grew up on Penguins book! So many good memories attached to those readings 🙂

  19. dont you find it annoying that such great literature gets bound in generic “we cant be bothered” home brand cover design?

    I mean, seriously, how shit are those bright orange covers?

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