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The Evergreens The Evergreens

“Timeless” and “classic” are words that are bandied about more than “unique” and “brilliant” these days. But, we have put together a brand new collection of titles that we believe are the Evergreens of literature. So that’s what we called it. ‘Evergreens’ are books that endure, stay fresh and continue to capture the hearts and minds of people the world over.

Featured Books
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. It is about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
This is a coming-of-age, incredibly thought-provoking, beautifully written and utterly original book. The book thief in the story is a nine-year old girl but this incredible story will resonate with any teenager. It’s 1939 in Nazi Germany and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2016
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Kellerman
The Lady in the Lake
Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Kellerman
The Lady in the Lake is a classic detective novel by the master of hard-boiled crime. Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Joke Faber Modern Classics by Milan Kundera
The Joke Faber Modern Classics
Milan Kundera
The Joke, Milan Kundera's first novel, gained him a huge following in his own country, and launched his worldwide literary reputation.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
What a Carve Up!
Jonathan Coe
It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year. But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time is growing ripe for the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John le Carre
In le Carre's breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining. Alec Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nobel prize winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells a tale of an unrequited love that outlasts all rivals in his masterpiece Love in the Time of Cholera, published as a Penguin Essential...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
Only Forward
Michael Marshall Smith
Considered a modern classic, and consistently featured in lists of Books To Read Before Your Head Explodes, Only Forward is a novel you'll never forget. Michael Marshall Smith's surreal, groundbreaking, and award-winning debut which resonates with wild humour interlaced with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, Kate Mosse
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver, Kate Mosse
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. Narrated by a mother, Eve, in letters to her estranged husband, this is a truly horrific story of a 15-year old boy’s killing spree but it is more the tale of how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
Tailchaser's Song
Tad Williams
A wonderful fantasy adventure, Tailchaser’s Song is the debut of Tad Williams, first published in 1985. Fritti Tailchaser is a young cat who embarks on an epic quest in search of a friend who has disappeared, as his adventure continues,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/08/2015
Jernigan by David Gates, Stuart Evers
Jernigan
David Gates, Stuart Evers
Peter Jernigan is a drunk single father who’s far too clever for his own good. His slow descent into disaster is marked with brilliant wit, equally hopeless characters and David Gates's unmistakable razor-sharp storytelling prowess. Shot through with gin and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
Perfume The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Perfume The Story of a Murderer
Patrick Suskind
Patrick Suskind's Perfume is a classic novel of death and sensuality in Paris. Clever, stylish, and absorbing, this book tells a tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
A Passage to India
E. M. Forster
With a masterly portrait of a society in the grip of imperialism, A Passage to India compellingly depicts the fate of individuals caught between the great political and cultural conflicts of the modern world.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
Notes from A Small Island by Bill Bryson
Notes from A Small Island
Bill Bryson
In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast
Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast - winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize - is a breathtaking novel about fanaticism and a futile search for utopia from bestseller Paul Theroux.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Moon Tiger
Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively's Booker Prize winning classic, Moon Tiger is a haunting story of loss and desire. Claudia Hampton - beautiful, famous, independent, dying. But she remains defiant to the last, telling her nurses that she will write a 'history of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
The History of Love explores the lasting power of the written word and the lasting power of love. The book was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and was the winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
Hideous Kinky
Esther Freud
Two little girls are taken by their mother to Morocco on a 1960s pilgrimage of self-discovery. For Mum it is not just an escape from the grinding conventions of English life but a quest for personal fulfilment; her children, however,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm
George Orwell
2015 is the 70th anniversary of Animal Farm. To commemorate this important anniversary, Penguin Classics is republishing the classic illustrated Animal Farm by Joy Batchelor and John Halas. Orwell's chilling 'fairy story' is a timeless and devastating satire of idealism betrayed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
If you have only recently discovered Coelho, or if you have yet to discover this utterly brilliant and breathtaking author, who until quite recently was one of the world’s most unsung authors then jump into one of his novels right...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
You may have read this but it certainly deserves another read. It’s the sort of book that becomes more profound with each reading. It is quite simply brilliant, a tale of prejudices and injustice in small town America which should...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
Restoration by Rose Tremain
Restoration
Rose Tremain
The bestselling and much-loved classic from Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, Restoration introduces us to the young Robert Merivel and his rise and fall through glittering seventeenth-century society. When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
An absolute classic of children’s literature, the great adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarfs. It’s important to remember how long ago this book was written, the style is not that of a modern children’s book, but the magic of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Handmaid's Tale... A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and misogynistic. Where infertility is rife, the handmaid’s role is to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/1998
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic
Terry Pratchett
Who would have believed back in 1985 that this first introduction into the madcap Discworld which satirised fantasy novels and introduced us to some fantastic characters would turn into the Discworld series numbering some thirty works. If you have wondered...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2005
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
Stephen Hawking
Published over 20 years ago this book is still a best seller, bringing complicated science to the masses. Gravity, black holes, the Big Bang - all kinds of topics are covered in a way that helps the less scientifically gifted...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/08/2011
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
A well observed novel about an American family. We follow each family member’s story and are given a great insight in to modern day America through each one's story and how they need to change their lives. A very clever,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2007
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Celestine Prophecy
James Redfield
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Celestine Prophecy... The main character goes on a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru. It’s a first person narrative of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/1994
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
One of Sue Perkins' favourite books. This is a much-loved classic but as relevant today as it was when first published over 40 years ago. Its vivid and colourful illustrations and cut back and die-cut pages together with some very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2002
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Birdsong
Sebastian Faulks
Editor's Comments: Since its publication in 1993 Birdsong has established itself as one of the most important novels of recent years. A novel that brings alive the horrors of war and the redemptive power of love there are few books...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Evergreens - For books that stand the test of time.


Research carried out by Nielsen BookScan revealed twelve titles that have remained in their top 5,000 chart for every week since 1995 (The Bookseller, 1 August 2008). These evergreen titles have sold at least 100 copies a week in the UK in order to remain in the top 5,000. The twelve books are:

Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong
Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Delia Smith, Complete Cookery Course
Michael Rosen, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy
Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled
Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett, Mort


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