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  • Published: 24 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143569947
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $12.99

Raffles: Green Popular Penguins


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Gentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome - and a first-rate cricketer. In these stories, the master burglar mixes his aptitude for cricket with his passion for crime.

Gentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome - and a first-rate cricketer. In these stories, the master burglar mixes his aptitude for cricket with his passion for crime: stealing jewels from a country house, outwitting the law, stealing from the nouveau riche and, of course, bowling like a demon - all with the assistance of his plucky sidekick Bunny.
The Green Popular Penguins Story
It was in 1935 when Allen Lane stood on a British railway platform looking for something good to read on his journey. His choice was limited to popular magazines and poor quality paperbacks. Lane's disappointment at the range of books available led him to found a company – and change the world.
In 1935 the Penguin was born, but it took until the late 1940s for the Crime and Mystery series to emerge. The genre thrived in the post-war austerity of the 1940s, and reached heights of popularity by the 1960s.
Suspense, compelling plots and captivating characters ensure that once again you need look no further than the Penguin logo for the scene of the perfect crime.

  • Pub date: 24 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143569947
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Author

Ernest William Hornung

E. W. Hornung owes his place in the history of crime and mystery fiction to his popular scoundrel, the gentleman-burglar A. J. Raffles.


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