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Penguin Cerise Travel | Celebrating Penguin Books' early 'Travel & Adventure' series
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penguin cerise travel A unique celebration of Penguin Books' early 'Travel & Adventure' series, published between 1936 and 1959, when Britain still had an empire and the world clung on to its last few unexplored corners. In line with Penguin's original policy of colour-coding these pocket-sized sixpenny works of literature according to genre, 'Travel & Adventure' titles were cerise pink.

Several Penguin cerise authors are now household names (Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, D. H. Lawrence and Henry Miller); others are today regarded as vintage travel writers (Freya Stark, Norman Douglas, Peter Fleming and Gerald Durrell); there are others still who have slipped unfairly into relative obscurity (Rosita Forbes, Gandar Dower and F. Kingdon Ward).

Whatever their eventual fate, all their exploits remain noteworthy, from brave polar explorers and intrepid female travellers, to PoW escapees and south sea island pleasure seekers. Their books still retain a wonderful sense of adventure, offering a glimpse of the past as vivid as that found in any history or geography book. Each too has played a part, however large or small, in the historical development of one of Britain's great publishing houses.

All of Penguin's 96 cerise 'Travel & Adventure' titles are listed here, together with their Penguin 'Main Series' number, author(s), publication date (in brackets, if published previously), and subject matter. An Amazon link is given for affordable modern editions of those titles still in print. Thereafter follows a synopsis of each book, with biographical details, reviews and occasional extracts, as well as details of any special Penguin editions.

Compiled by Duncan J. D. Smith - The Urban Explorer www.duncanjdsmith.com

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...more from Duncan J. D. Smith here... INTRODUCTION - THE BOOKS - FORGOTTEN TRAVELLERS - SPECIALS - OTHER PRODUCTS - EPHEMERA - ILLUSTRATIONS - CONTACT - LINKS