The importance of, and appetite for, the printed word before and during the Second World War cannot be overstated. In today’s world, where the information highway to the global village is only a mobile phone call away, it is almost impossible to visualise a world where paper was rationed and the radio was the major source of national news. In such an environment, Penguin Books was to play a major role in supplying the reading needs for a population desperate for information and entertainment.
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