Penguin has published a line of elegant hardcover cloth-bound classics creator by London designer Coralie Bickford-Smith. These books are made in simple but rich shades, with a repeated design embossed over the cloth. These are books that look and feel like books - a collector's item and a book-lover's dream.
We have the following:
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (mustard & gold, with swans)
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (dove-grey blue & crimson, with flowers)
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (slate & cerulean, with thistle flowers)
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (charcoal & red, with poppies)
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (navy & cream, with chandeliers)
Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell (light green & dark green; with peas)
Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy (oatmeal & red; with sheaves of wheat)
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (black & white; with peacock feathers)
These current eight titles will expand in March to include Emma, Madame Bovary, the Odyssey, Treasure Island, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.
I am deep into Gaskell's Cranford (the one on top of this pile below) and as happy as a clam in that story of a provincial English town filled with spinsters and gossips, where everything has its proper place and ceremony.
So splurge a little and treat yourself to a well-bound classic. It's worth the temptation.
Posted by Christy