To celebrate its 75th birthday, Penguin in the UK is publishing Penguin Decades: 20 novels that helped shape modern Britain.
When they were first published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling.
Spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, there will be five titles in the series from each decade, with cover artwork by leading artists and designers. They include:
The 50s – cover artwork by Peter Blake - From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming, introduced by Christopher Andrew
The 60s – cover artwork by Alan Aldridge - A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, introduced by Will Self
The 70s – cover artwork by Zandra Rhodes - The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter, introduced by Ali Smith
The 80s – cover artwork by John Squire - Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer, introduced by Jeremy Paxman
Penguin Decades will be available from April 2010.