Penguin Essentials: WIN the newest editions!

The Penguin Essentialsare essential reads’ that include ‘some of the most important books from the last 100 years – with covers designed by contemporary artists so that they feel fresh and unexpected, appealing to a new generation of readers.’ (Including the super-stylish Dave Eggers cover above!)

Titles range through the Classic canon with Brideshead Revisited, The Great Gatsby and A Passage to India, through to modern meta-revisions of Classics with Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea (reimagining Jane Eyre) and J M Coetzee’s Foe (reimagining Robinson Crusoe), through to the popular and prize-winning with Patrick Susskind’s Perfume and Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love, amongst others.

Joining the line-up this year is White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, A Brief History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka, Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe, A Start in Life, by Anita Brookner, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, Twilight by Elie Wiesel, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, The Road to Lichfield by Penelope Lively and The Circle by Dave Eggers.

To WIN the FULL set of 2017 Penguin Essentials simply post in the comments section below which titles you would add to the Penguin Essentials 2017 list (the 10 new titles as above) and who you would knock off the list! Best answer wins. Competition closes May 29th.

2017 titles will be published in Penguin paperback on the 1st June 2017 priced at £8.99

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11 Responses

  1. Emma Silverthorn

    I’d add Nell Zink’s ‘Mislaid’ to the list, Mary Gaitskill’s ‘Veronica’ and ‘Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus’. I’d knock off ‘Twlight’!!

  2. Richard

    I would take out High Fidelity, which is enjoyable and fun but not genre defining, and add Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. This inclusion would be partly to rectify Ewan McGregor’s terrible film adaption and mostly be to appreciate the beautiful flowing style and evaluation for modern American history. There could not be a more timely book!

  3. Aidan

    I’d add Morrissey’s Autobiography as a beautifully written memoir chock full of nostalgic limerence and desolate urgency. I’d remove Twilight- doesn’t sit right with the conservative (small c! #votelabour) within me!

  4. Michelle

    I’d personally take out High Fidelity and replace it with Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. This book introduced me to native myths and culture and was really vital reading in relation to the art and importance of storytelling.

    I read Ceremony as part of my required texts for a University course and would never have naturally picked it up otherwise, nor have I seen it often displayed or discussed in contexts other than this since. That’s such a shame, because it was so pivotal to my own reading growth and held a viewpoint from a culture not often heard.

    I feel that this is the role of collections such as the Penguin Essentials – to promote works that have important messages that should not be forgotten, to revive literature that is just as current today as it ever was and share it with new generations of readers for their enjoyment and enlightenment… in equal measure!

    1. Emma Silverthorn

      Michelle you are the lucky winner of the Penguin Essentials 2017 collection! Congratulations! Please email with you postal address and we’ll get the books sent out to you. Thanks to all who entered, we loved reading your answers.

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