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Penguin and post-colonial publishing 1948–1972

McCleery, Alistair


Alistair McCleery


This article examines the trading structures within which UK publishers operated in the markets of Empire and Commonwealth and, in doing so, concentrates on the development there of Penguin Books. It proposes a model of this development mapped onto a movement from the colonial to the postcolonial to the globalized. A discussion of the Traditional Market Agreement 1947–1975 presents this as a significant factor in the postcolonial phase while the Penguin Africa Library acts as a case study of the specific operations of Penguin during this phase. The article concludes with an account of the transition of Penguin from independence to take-over by Pearson Longman.


McCleery, A. (2013). Penguin and post-colonial publishing 1948–1972. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 48(1), 131-144.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 3, 2013
Publication Date 2013-03
Deposit Date Apr 17, 2014
Print ISSN 0021-9894
Electronic ISSN 1741-6442
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 1
Pages 131-144
Keywords Australia; globalization; New Zealand; Penguin African Library; Penguin Books; publishing; Traditional Market Agreement;
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