DEFUNCT Adopt Penguin Books Postcards

This project is now DEFUNCT.

I am setting up my own postcard adoption project, inspired by PostMuse's Orphaned Postcard Project.  I recently bought a box of 100 Penguin Books Postcards...

So now I am offering them up for adoption.  

 There are a lot of weird out of print books, and I doubt I'll ever find someone who's read #82. Plats du Jour or Foreign Food (A Penguin Handbook) or #86. Scootering (A Penguin Handbook). 

However, I bet there are people who would have something fun to say about those topics... so if there is a non-novel that you would like to
adopt, feel free, even if you haven't read it.

For the present time though, if it is a novel, please only request it if you've read it.

 So,  you can request a postcard, I'll send it to you in an envelope and probably with a little note hello, and then on the back you'll write something about the book, what you thought of it, a memory linked to it, anything! and then send it back to me.  And I will document it on my blog! I'm excited to start.

So, you can email me at to request one 
or send me a letter requesting one.


1. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald    Dana from Maryland

2. Lady Chatterley's Lover - D. H. Lawrence - Elle from North Carolina
3. The Lost Girl - D. H. Lawrence
4. Men Without Women - Ernest Hemingway
5. Black Mischief - Evelyn Waugh
6. Flying Dutchman - Anthony Fokker - Karyn in Australia
7. My Man Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse - Ksenia from Russia
8. The Rights of Man - H. G. Wells
9. One of our Submarines - Edward Young
10. There must be a Pony! - Jim Kirkwood
11. The Garden Party - Katherine Mansfield
12. Pearls and Men - Louis Kornitzer
13. Mantrap - Sinclair Lewis
14. Aircraft Recognition - R. A. Saville-Sneath - Glenn in Canada
15. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell - Marie in Germany
16. Rabbit, Run - John Updike
17. Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh
18. Siren Land - Norman Douglas
19. Cakes and Ale - W. Somerset Maugham
20. Britain in the Sixties: The Other England - Geoffrey Moorhouse
21. Man and Superman - Bernard Shaw - Johanna in Australia

22. Common Sense about Smoking - Fletcher, Cole, Jeger, & Wood

23. Still She Wished For Company - Margaret Irwin

24. Together - Norman Douglas

25. Wuthering Heights -  Emily Brontë Karen

26. Chosen Words - Ivor Brown

27. Warfare by Words  - Ivor Thomas

28. Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Ernest, Salomé - Oscar Wilde     Annette from Wisconsin

29. Brighton Rock - Graham Greene 

30. Siamese White - Maurice Collis

Civilization - Clive Bell

Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps - Goodchild & Thompson

Hotel Splendide - Ludwig Bemelmans

The Penguin Poets: Robert Burns - Robert Burns

Sweet Danger - Margery Allingham

The Odyssey - Homer - Sandrine in Spain

The Common Reader - Virginia Woolf

Soft Growing Fruit - Raymond Bush

England's Green and Pleasant Land - J. W. Robertson Scott

The Penguin Modern Painters : Edward Burra

The Horizontal Man - Helen Eustis

The Buildings of England : Middlesex - adopted by me and sent for a swap-bot swap

Explosives -  John Read

The Body in the Library -  Agatha Christie - Rusty in Oklahoma

Ariel - André Maurois

A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf - Elle in North Carolina

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler - Clay in Massachusetts

Fantasy-Overture : Romeo and Juliet - Tchaikovsky - Chris in Georgia

The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism - Bernard Shaw   - Johanna in Australia

British Herbs - Florence Ranson

Music at Night -  Aldous Huxley

Country Life - H. E. Bates

Not To Be Taken - Anthony Berkeley

The Conquest of Gaul - Caesar - Malyss in France

Sailing - Peter Heaton

Thinking to Some Purpose - L. Susan Stebbing

An Introduction to Modern Architecture - J. M. Richards

The Compleat Angler - Izaak Walton - Brett in New Zealand

Dangerous Curves - Peter Cheyney

The Penguin Poets : A Book of English Poetry - Chaucer to Rossetti
61. A Severed Head - Iris Murdoch
62. Popular English Art - Noel Carrington & Clarke Hutton
63. The Tunnel of Love - Peter de Vries
64. Creativity in Industry - P. R. Whitfield
65. The Company She Keeps - Mary McCarthy
66.  August is a Wicked Month - Edna O'Brien
67. The Drowned World - J. G. Ballard - Erin in France

68. Spines of the Penguin Poetry Series - this is postcard is different from all the rest and shows the spines of books of: Elizabethan Verse, Japanese Verse, Goethe, e. e. cummings, Pushkin, Contemporary American Poetry, Robert Frost, William Blake and many more - Erin in France

69. Penguin Modern Poets 2 : Kingsley Amis, Dom Moraes, & Peter Porter

70. As You Like It - Shakespeare - Erin in France

71. She Came to Stay - Simone de Beauvoir
72. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
73. The Drought - J. G. Ballard
74. Sex in Society - Alex Comfort
75. Kiss Kiss - Roald Dahl  

76. The Penguin Poets : W. H. Auden

77. The Penguin Poets : Heine

78. Our Man in Havana - Graham Greene - Johanna in Australia

79. A Book of Scripts

80. Flames in the Sky - Pierre Clostermann

81. John Lennon - Ilona in Rhode Island

82. Plats du Jour or Foreign Food (A Penguin Handbook)- Patience Gray & Primrose Boyd - Alina in Russia

83. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - Shannon in California

84. Communications- Raymond Williams

85. A Book of Toys - Gwen White - Eva in Spain

86. Scootering (A Penguin Handbook) - Jon Stevens - Misty in Ohio

87. Tiger! Tiger! - Alfred Bester - Clayton in Massachussets

88. Class in a Capitalist Society : A Study of Contemporary Britain - John Westergaard & Henrietta Resler

89. The Divided Self - R. D. Laing

90. The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger  PostMuse

91. New Biology - edited by M. L. Johnson & Michael Abercrombie - This is quite a funny one- it has a list of the essays included and one of them is : The Potato - Master or Servant?

92. The Case of the Dangerous Dowager - Erle Stanley Gardner

93. Dreadful Summit - Stanley Ellin

94. Lost Moorings - Simenon - Sandrine in Spain

95. Busman's Honeymoon - Dorothy L. Sayers - Serena in the United Kingdom

96. The Case of the Howling Dog -  Erle Stanley Gardner

97. The Art of Marriage - "Advice on all aspects of marriage given by a well-known doctor and magistrate - Mary Macaulay

98. The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife - Erle Stanley Gardner

99. The Penguin Knitting Book -  James Norbury  - Susan in Canada

100. The Case of the Careless Kitten - Erle Stanley Gardner

I will be updating the list, removing names once they have been requested.