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80 best-selling Penguin books of all time (infographic)

80 years of Penguin books

How many of the Penguin Books all-time bestsellers have you read?

Penguin Books, the most recognizable publishing house in the world, was founded in 1935 by Allen Lane, his two brothers, and V. K. Krishna Menon.

Sir Allen Lane had a revolutionary idea to offer affordable paperback books not only in bookshops, but also through other channels, like railway stations and newsagents.

Ten inexpensive paperback titles were published in mid-1935, and within a year more than three million copies were sold.

In celebration of the 80th anniversary, the team from the iconic publishing house have compiled a list of the 80 best-selling Penguin books of all time.

From paperback editions of block-buster bestsellers to trailblazing paperback originals, from Penguin Classics to gift books, Penguin continues its mission of bringing intelligent, accessible books to readers who know that what you read matters.

This list is actually an exciting reading challenge. How many of these books have you read?

You can share your Penguin favorites in social media – just make a picture of the book and share it on Twitter and/or Instagram with a hashtag #penguin80.

According to the list, the top 10 bestselling Penguin books of all time are:

  • Lords of Finance – Liaquat Ahamed
  • Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
  • Stalingrad – Antony Beevor
  • The Brain That Changes Itself – Norman Doidge
  • The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown
  • The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
  • Getting Things Done – David Allen
  • White Noise – Don DeLillo
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry – edited by Rita Dove

Click or tap on the image to enlarge it. You can download a three-page pdf version of the list right from the Penguin blog.

80 best selling Penguin books of all time #infographic

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