'Happy Reader' magazine from Penguin

'Happy Reader' magazine from Penguin

Penguin Books has teamed up with men’s fashion magazine Fantastic Man to create a new print magazine about reading called The Happy Reader.
 
Fantastic Man creators Gert Jonkers and Jop Van Bennekom have worked with Penguin Books to present classic literature in a new context in the “bookish quarterly”. Its editor-in-chief is Seb Emina, a writer and author of The Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury).
 
Each issue will be split into two halves, with the first containing an in-depth interview with a “book fanatic” that is conducted over several weeks and examines their reading habits and daily life. The second half will explore a classic work of literature through different mediums, such as fashion, art, lifestyle, history or film.
 
In the first issue, former “Downton Abbey” actor and Man Booker Prize judge Dan Stevens talks to Naomi Alderman about subjects ranging from books and body-building to fatherhood and feminism. The classic text being revisited is Wilkie Collins’ Victorian thriller The Woman in White, which is reconsidered by Nicci French. It also includes a chocolate bon-bon recipe from the novel and a fashion shoot inspired by the novel.
 
The Happy Reader will be on sale for £3 from selected retail outlets, including "a few" bookshops. It is also available on subscription, free (except for P&P), with signup at www.thehappyreader.com.  The first issue will be available from 17th November.