The Happy Reader Issue 9

The Library Project

Published by Penguin Books
62 pages
170 × 245 mm
ISBN: 9780241279366

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The Happy Reader is a collaboration between Penguin Classics and Fantastic Man.
It's Lily Cole. A model who owns a bookshop. A movie actress who put it all on hold to clinch an art history degree. For every ounce — and there are many ounces — of celebrity possessed by the new Happy Reader cover star, there is at least one equal measure of bookishness. Photographed here by Woflgang Tillmans, and interviewed by Penny Martin, the whirlwind of entrepreneurial derring-do discusses an array of amazing authors from Vladimir Nabokov to Maggie Nelson. Next, the issue sails off to Treasure Island by the towering master of the nineteenth-century page turner, Robert Louis Stevenson. This somewhat boyish yet universally cherished tale gives rise to curious news from the parrot world, a conversation with a singalong genius, and in-depth reportage examining the worldwide electoral surge of pirate political parties.