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Penguin and the Lane Brothers Willy Lit FEst

Penguin and the Lane Brothers: The Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution – Stuart Kells

Penguin and the Lane Brothers is written in a conversational style, wearing the enormous amount of Kells’ research lightly. It will be essential reading for all those fascinated by “books about books” and about the foundation stories of great businesses.” Tim Coronel, Books+Publishing Magazine, July 2015

An intimate partnership of three brothers – Allen, Richard and John Lane – lay at the heart of Penguin Books, the twentieth century’s greatest publishing house. In a spirit of daring and creativity, the brothers issued quality books on a massive scale at minuscule prices – and achieved a revolution in publishing. Join Dmetri Kakmi as he chats with author Stuart Kells about this remarkable family and publishing powerhouse. Penguin and the Lane Brothers recently won the 2015 Ashurst Business Literature Prize.

A portrait of a remarkable family and a publishing powerhouse, Penguin and the Lane Brothers also explores the little known story of Richard Lane – the heart and backbone of Penguin, and its strongest influence. Richard’s experiences as a youth in Australia shaped his character and outlook; his dedication to the business was matched only by his devotion to his brothers.

Relying on unprecedented access to Lane family sources, including Richard’s diaries, Penguin and the Lane Brothers sheds new light on the relationship of Allen, Richard and John, so crucial as a driver of Penguin’s spirit and success. By turns hilarious and tragic, moving and insightful, this is a groundbreaking counter-history of an unlikely publishing triumph.

More information at Stuart’s site.