...for Penguin Books which this weekend celebrates the 75th anniversary of its publishing venture which brought good books to the public for 6p -- the price of a packet of cigarettes in 1935 -- and which since has played a huge role in informing, educating and entertaining readers worldwide. The idea was Allen Lane's who after visiting Agatha Christie in Devon was so depressed by the poor quality of cheap books on Exeter's station bookstall that he decided to do something about it. Agatha Christie was one of the authors in the first batch of Penguins.

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