In 1985, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Penguin Books, the innovative paperbacks bringing literature to the masses especially at railway stations, a facsimile boxed set of the first ten Penguin titles was published. Containing a small introductory booklet, this often-found set is an odd mix of the famous and the forgotten.
I've written a short review of each book, which I have read totally "cold" without looking up the author, title, or any other background in advance. What would the reader of 1935 make of a cold read of today's WHSmith station bookshelf, I wonder?
1. Ariel by André Maurois