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Penguin reissues books which shaped the UK

13th January 2010

Penguin is to celebrate its 75th birthday by reissuing 20 novels which have helped to shape modern Britain.

From April, the publisher will launch five novels per decade from the 1950s through to the 1980s, with each title featuring new artwork and introductions.

'When they were 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,' Penguin explained.

Among the titles from the 1950s are Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love and Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse, with A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Barry Hines' A Kestrel for a Knave to represent the 1960s.

I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill and William Trevor's The Children of Dynmouth were some of the novels deemed to have shaped the 1970s, while the 1980s' list includes Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer and William Boyd's An Ice-cream War.

As well as looking to the past, Penguin recently showed that it has an eye on the future, after the Bookseller reported that the publisher is launching an internet application which gives reading recommendations.

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