On July 30, 1935, Allen Lane and his brothers Richard and John established Penguin Books. By making literature and non-fiction accessible to a broader audience Penguin Books was able to show that there was a large audience for quality reading material. The accessibility of the Penguin Paperbacks set off a reading revolution, allowing more people to access classic literature than had been able to previously.
A simple colour code indicated the contents of the books — green for crime, orange for fiction and deep blue for biography. Ariel by Andre Maurois was the first title published.
we are grateful for the way that Penguin Books made good reading material available for ordinary people.
Now in the midst of an electronic revolution we ask for wisdom so that we can sift through the vast amount of reading material that is now available to us.
Help us to discern content that is trustworthy and useful and avoid what is harmful.
By Fr Pat O'Shea - Lower Hutt