28 January 2019

The Penguin Classics Book Club will be hosted on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can explore and join the conversation using the hashtag #ClassicsClub. We'll announce the 'Book of the Month' in the first week of each month to give you enough time to get a copy before we start exploring it from the middle of the month.

This month's classic book

The Hopkins Manuscript

R.C. Sherriff

The funny and moving story of the apocalypse - as seen from one small village in England

Retired teacher Edgar Hopkins lives for the thrill of winning poultry prizes. But his narrow world is shattered when he learns that the moon is about to come crashing into the earth, with apocalyptic consequences. The manuscript he leaves behind will be a testament - to his growing humanity and to how one English village tried to survive the end of the world...

Written in 1939 as the world was teetering on the brink of global war, R. C. Sherriff's tragicomic novel is a masterly work of science fiction, and a powerful warning from the past.

'Spectacular, skilled and moving. It is supremely and alarmingly relevant' - Fay Weldon

'Intensely readable and touching' - Sunday Telegraph

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