Penguin Essentials

Essential Reads ~ Beautifully Designed

The Penguin Essentials are some of the twentieth-century's most important books. When they were first published they changed the way we thought about literature and about life. And they have remained vital reading ever since.

Video interviews

The Penguin Essentials bring together incredible stories and breathtaking designs. Check out these interviews with the editorial and design teams for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the process of putting together this stunning collection.

Editor of the Penguin Essentials, Jenny Lord, talks about what makes these books vital reading.

Penguin designers, Richard Bravery and Andrew Smith, have a chat about the artists involved in the Penguin Essentials.

Design Blog

A fresh approach to cover design ~ Richard Bravery

Classic (backlist) books generally take the cover approach of marrying the period of the book with the aesthetic of the age. So a 20's book is generally twinned with Deco styling/artists. But with the Essentials we wanted, where possible, to break away from that approach... keep reading on the Penguin Blog