Penguin Books

Allen Lane’s well known failure to find a book to read at Exeter St. David’s railway station prompted him to found the now world famous Penguin Books.

The story is a familiar one: how he couldn’t find a book worth reading for the journey home after a meeting with Agatha Christie, and decided it was time to publish the best writing in an affordable format - the first Penguin paperbacks cost six old pence.

The now famous Penguin logo was chosen because it was ‘dignified and flippant’, the design itself based on specially-drawn sketches of Penguins made at London Zoo.

Authors included in the first batch of Penguin paperbacks included Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway. Penguin, founded in 1935, has since published many books and many great writers.

A personal pick of Penguin books in the NHBS catalogue might include: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, one of the most important and influential non-fiction works of the Twentieth Century; Hubbard’s famous Grasses, dated but still definitive, with line drawings of identification features that have not been bettered; Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle, a surprisingly accessible account of his famous round-the-world voyage; and Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne, the original nature writing classic.

And Gerald Durrell is there too - for many of us a writer who did more than most to stimulate an interest in natural history and the natural world.

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Grasses

Grasses

Field / Identification Guide

By: C Hubbard

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Jul 2011 | Edition: 3 | #1504 | ISBN-13: 9780140132274
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £14.99 $19/€18 approx
Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

By: George Monbiot (Author)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Jun 2014 | #212832 | ISBN-13: 9780141975580
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Hardback | May 2013 | #203743 | ISBN-13: 9781846147487
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This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the Climate

By: Naomi Klein (Author)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | May 2015 | #220656 | ISBN-13: 9780241956182
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NHBS Price: £10.99 $14/€13 approx
Hardback | Sep 2014 | #212840 | ISBN-13: 9781846145056
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Penguin Great Ideas: A Tale of a Tub

Penguin Great Ideas: A Tale of a Tub

Out of Print

Series: Penguin Great Ideas Series

By: Jonathan Swift (Author)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Dec 2004 | #155463 | ISBN: 0141018879
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Penguin Great Ideas: An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom
Paperback | Nov 2010 | #155470 | ISBN-13: 9780141023830
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Landmarks

Landmarks

By: Robert MacFarlane (Author)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Jul 2016 | #228640 | ISBN-13: 9780241967874
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Hardback | Mar 2015 | #220743 | ISBN-13: 9780241146538
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We Are Our Brains

We Are Our Brains

From the Womb to Alzheimer's
Popular Science

By: Dick F Swaab (Author), Jane Hedley-Prôle (Translated by)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Jan 2015 | #223736 | ISBN-13: 9780141978239
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Hardback | Jan 2014 | #210693 | ISBN-13: 9780241003725
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Hardback | Jan 2014 | #223735 | ISBN-13: 9780812992960
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€29 approx
The Diversity of Life

The Diversity of Life

By: Edward O Wilson

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Apr 2012 | Edition: 2 | #119830 | ISBN-13: 9780140291612
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NHBS Price: £12.99 $16/€15 approx
Six Easy Pieces

Six Easy Pieces

Popular ScienceOut of Print

By: Richard P Feynman (Author), Paul Davies (Introduction By)

Publisher: Penguin Books

This has a newer edition

Six Easy Pieces

The six easiest chapters from Feynmans landmark work, Lectures on Physics...

NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Paperback | Jul 2012 | Edition: 2 | #169507 | ISBN-13: 9780140276664
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Silent Spring

Silent Spring

By: Rachel Carson

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Nov 2011 [2000 reprint] | #89683 | ISBN-13: 9780141184944
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
The Forest Unseen

The Forest Unseen

A Year's Watch in Nature

By: David George Haskell (Author)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Mar 2013 | #202394 | ISBN-13: 9780143122944
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NHBS Price: £18.99 $24/€22 approx
Hardback | Mar 2013 | #202395 | ISBN-13: 9780670023370
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NHBS Price: £17.99 $22/€21 approx
The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees

How They Live and Why They Matter
Popular Science

By: Colin Tudge

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #160135 | ISBN: 0141012935
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NHBS Price: £12.99 $16/€15 approx
Hardback | Jan 2006 | #155236 | ISBN: 0713996986
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Here on Earth

Here on Earth

A Twin Biography of the Planet and the Human Race
Popular Science

By: Tim Flannery

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Feb 2012 | #196465 | ISBN-13: 9780241950739
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Paperback | Mar 2011 | #187520 | ISBN-13: 9781846143960
Availability: In stock
Clearance price: £3.75 £14.99 (Save £11.24) $5/€4 approx
The Natural History of Selborne

The Natural History of Selborne

By: Gilbert White (Author), Richard Mabey (Editor)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Jan 2012 | #5717 | ISBN-13: 9780140431124
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £7.99 $10/€9 approx
A History of Wales

A History of Wales

By: J Davies

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Apr 2011 | #122010 | ISBN-13: 9780140284751
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NHBS Price: £16.99 $21/€20 approx
The Origin of Our Species

The Origin of Our Species

By: Chris Stringer (Author)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | May 2012 | #196880 | ISBN-13: 9780141037202
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Hardback | Jun 2011 | #190532 | ISBN-13: 9781846141409
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The Fly Trap

The Fly Trap

A Book About Summer, Islands and the Freedom of Limits
Biography / Memoir

By: Fredrik Sjöberg (Author), Thomas Teal (Translated by)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | May 2015 | #215121 | ISBN-13: 9781846147784
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Hardback | May 2014 | #215120 | ISBN-13: 9781846147760
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NHBS Price: £14.99 $19/€18 approx
The Aye-Aye and I

The Aye-Aye and I

A Rescue Mission in Madagascar

By: Gerald Durrell (Author)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Paperback | Sep 2012 | #199283 | ISBN-13: 9780670920686
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NHBS Price: £8.99 $11/€11 approx
Paperback | Dec 2003 | #133820 | ISBN: 0755111788
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Paperback | Dec 1993 | #28802 | ISBN: 0006473261
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Hardback | Dec 1992 | #21051 | ISBN: 0002238098
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Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
Paperback | Jul 2011 | #173563 | ISBN-13: 9780141010014
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€12 approx
Hardback | Feb 2008 | #166213 | ISBN-13: 9780241141847
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