If you love classic literature and brutalist architecture, then we have a marriage made in heaven. Penguin Classics with limited edition Barbican-themed covers.
The iconic Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Barbican Estate, which was built during the 1960s and 1970s is featured on the covers of four revered science fiction titles from the Penguin catalogue. It’s all part of a tie-in for the Into The Unknown exhibition by Jamie Keenan, which is currently running at the Barbican and well worth your time.
George Orwell’s 1984 has a backdrop of the Barbican towers, HG Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau features the Barbican Conservatory, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange reworks the Barbican Martini Bar as the Korova Milk Bar and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein uses the ‘engine room’ deep below the Barbican Centre.
Of course, all are essential reads anyway, but with the new, limited edition covers they become just a little more special. Only available via the Barbican Store for a limited time, they sell from £7.99.