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The Happy Reader is a new magazine published by Penguin Classics in collaboration with the creators of the award-winning Fantastic Man. For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, it is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is excitingly simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable b The Happy Reader is a new magazine published by Penguin Classics in collaboration with the creators of the award-winning Fantastic Man. For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, it is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is excitingly simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one Penguin Classics title from an array of surprising and invigorating angles, through fashion, art, lifestyle, history, film and more. The Happy Reader never patronizes, nor does it seek to baffle its audience with literary name-dropping or pedantry, wearing its bookish curiosity with a playful lightness of touch, delighting in the potential for whimsy and humour. The magazine is centred on the concept of 'precious print', as embodied by Penguin Classics and Fantastic Man. It explores the myriad advantages of the printed word and image: beautiful typography, high dwell time, the matte charm of ink on paper, the calming luxury of being 'offline'. The magazine is a design object in and of itself.


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The Happy Reader is a new magazine published by Penguin Classics in collaboration with the creators of the award-winning Fantastic Man. For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, it is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is excitingly simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable b The Happy Reader is a new magazine published by Penguin Classics in collaboration with the creators of the award-winning Fantastic Man. For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, it is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is excitingly simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one Penguin Classics title from an array of surprising and invigorating angles, through fashion, art, lifestyle, history, film and more. The Happy Reader never patronizes, nor does it seek to baffle its audience with literary name-dropping or pedantry, wearing its bookish curiosity with a playful lightness of touch, delighting in the potential for whimsy and humour. The magazine is centred on the concept of 'precious print', as embodied by Penguin Classics and Fantastic Man. It explores the myriad advantages of the printed word and image: beautiful typography, high dwell time, the matte charm of ink on paper, the calming luxury of being 'offline'. The magazine is a design object in and of itself.

30 review for The Happy Reader - Issue 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Akylina

    I discovered this 'bookish quarterly', as its creators very aptly like to call it, not very long ago and I decided to purchase an older issue to deccide whether I like it or not. Well, simply put, I loved it. It came in a simple and neat white package with a red stripe and even the package itself had this distinctly wonderful smell of freshly pressed paper. I fell in love even before opening it. The Happy Reader is divided in two parts. The first one consists of an interview with a bibliophile a I discovered this 'bookish quarterly', as its creators very aptly like to call it, not very long ago and I decided to purchase an older issue to deccide whether I like it or not. Well, simply put, I loved it. It came in a simple and neat white package with a red stripe and even the package itself had this distinctly wonderful smell of freshly pressed paper. I fell in love even before opening it. The Happy Reader is divided in two parts. The first one consists of an interview with a bibliophile and the second one is an extended presentation of a Penguin classic. Now, I chose this specific issue precisely because its second part was about Okakura Kakuzo's 'The Book of Tea' and as a Japanophile but also adorer of this book, I just had to have this issue in my collection. Overall, The Happy Reader left me a very good first impression. It is a rather short read of 60 pages, but I felt like every page was filled with bookish adoration and excitement. I loved the topics of this issue, as it gave me a lot of new things to research and find out out about and I also (no matter how silly it sounds) adored its smell. You can rarely go wrong with Penguin.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Howells

    This is a new literary magazine (it's only the 2nd issue). I came across the first issue by accident when I was idly browsing in Foyles on the Charing Cross Road late last year. It describes itself as a 'Bookish Quarterly' and basically divides itself into two parts. The front part of the magazine is an interview with someone famous and discusses their reading habits (last issue was Dan Stevens and this one is Kim Gordon) whilst the back part is a series of short essays inspired by (but not alwa This is a new literary magazine (it's only the 2nd issue). I came across the first issue by accident when I was idly browsing in Foyles on the Charing Cross Road late last year. It describes itself as a 'Bookish Quarterly' and basically divides itself into two parts. The front part of the magazine is an interview with someone famous and discusses their reading habits (last issue was Dan Stevens and this one is Kim Gordon) whilst the back part is a series of short essays inspired by (but not always directly about) a particular book. It's only a slim read (approximately 60 pgs) and I picked it up mainly for the interviews rather than the essays. There are so few magazines about reading that I hope it manages to find an audience (it's backed by Penguin). I liked it enough to subscribe after the first issue anyway...If you like the Slightly Foxed Quarterly you'll probably like this...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    "The tea-break is our way of approaching a state of nirvana - and I'm being serious in my use of the word here: sitting with a cup of tea means the cessation of all desire, all dissatisfaction." /Nicholas Lezard This issue was even more enjoyable than the last. Great book, film and music recomendations (especially "The Book of Tea" which I am really looking forward to reading soon). Also have a strong desire to visit the Jardin des Tuileries sometime in my life. All in all - a great reading exper "The tea-break is our way of approaching a state of nirvana - and I'm being serious in my use of the word here: sitting with a cup of tea means the cessation of all desire, all dissatisfaction." /Nicholas Lezard This issue was even more enjoyable than the last. Great book, film and music recomendations (especially "The Book of Tea" which I am really looking forward to reading soon). Also have a strong desire to visit the Jardin des Tuileries sometime in my life. All in all - a great reading experience!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dioni (Bookie Mee)

    The second half is a great accompaniment to Kakuzo Okakura's The Book of Tea. It's a treat for any tea lovers really. The first half - the interview with Kim Gordon - I'm less enthusiastic about. I didn't know her prior to reading, and apart from her not reading much recently, the interview focuses more on biography - specifically music biography (Kim's new book Girl in a Band was about to come out). I'm really not a fan of interview/talk/event with self-promotion tie-in. Maybe I'm a bit harsh. The second half is a great accompaniment to Kakuzo Okakura's The Book of Tea. It's a treat for any tea lovers really. The first half - the interview with Kim Gordon - I'm less enthusiastic about. I didn't know her prior to reading, and apart from her not reading much recently, the interview focuses more on biography - specifically music biography (Kim's new book Girl in a Band was about to come out). I'm really not a fan of interview/talk/event with self-promotion tie-in. Maybe I'm a bit harsh. Kim's or music fans would probably like this issue more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Austra

    Lai gan saruna ar Kimu Gordoni bija teju tikpat fascinējoša kā ar Ītenu Hauku, un man tā vien gribējās, lai tā turpinātos vēl un vēl, otrā daļa par tēju man kkā neaizgāja. Bet tik un tā superīgais žurnāls. Ai laikī!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I took this away on holiday to read. A very pleasant read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)

    Tagad zinu kā tēju dēvē Lielbritānijas cietumos.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristīne

  9. 4 out of 5

    M

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tuuli

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

  16. 5 out of 5

    Esther

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rizal

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Mahadeo

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa's book adventures

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julien

  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Tze

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Worth

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason Lundberg

  29. 4 out of 5

    Davina

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria Lianou

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