The art of holiday reading

The art of holiday reading

In the current David Bowie Is… exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert museum, the star reveals that as a young man getting a red London bus to his job at an advertising agency in Soho in the swinging 60s, he would carry an “intellectual looking” book that he had no intention of reading, in the hope of attracting potential lovers who thought he was intriguing.

There’s a time and a place for a Kindle (other tablets are available), but we’re finding it hard to resist one of these Penguin Modern Classics that have been given a fresh new refit in sleeves created by some of the world’s best-known street artists. And they are guaranteed to attract the interest of passers-by.

Ten authors are united with ten street artists, in combinations that include Nick Cave with ROA, Don Delillo with Dr Henry Jekyll, Iain Sinclair with Stephen Powers and Nick Hornby with Agostino. At ?10 each they are useful, collectable, and far too good looking to end up at the charity shop. They are also very good reads.

So whether you’re lounging by the pool in the Seychelles or sitting on a rock on the island of Vis, bird-watching in Andalucia or hiking around the Welsh coastal path, you can reassure fellow travellers of your radical credentials with a copy of one of these from the Penguin Street Art series. After all, what could be more revolutionary than holding a paperback in your hand these days?

The Penguin Street Art series is available from selected bookshops. For more details visit the Penguin website

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