Monday, 13 December 2010

All That Glitters

Penguin’s new Art Deco editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best-loved novels and short stories are a sublime example of when you really should judge a book by its cover. Designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith in metallic foil to mark the 70th anniversary of the author's death, they look as opulent as the stories hidden within their gilded dust jackets. I am sorely tempted to splurge on the entire set despite owning old (and so very unshiny) copies of most of them already - and really, that's just the sort of champagne-spilling, surface-worshipping extravagance we owe these Jazz Age classics. The perfect addition to an evening of old-fashioned indulgence - just mix up a mint julep à la The Great Gatsby and devour at leisure

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