Special speaker event: Stuart Kells, author of Penguin and the Lane Brothers

The (Young) Rotary Club of Melbourne Park
The (Young) Rotary Club of Melbourne Park
Public group

The Olsen Hotel (Level 1)

637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia 3141 · Melbourne

How to find us

The entry to the hotel is on Daly Street, which is just off Chapel Street. Head to the elevators and press level 1. Once out of the elevator, turn right and we will have a Rotary banner outside of the meeting room.

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Join us to hear from Stuart Kells, author of Penguin and the Lane Brothers – The Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution

How did the three Lane brothers - Allan, Richard and John - enter publishing and build Penguin into a global powerhouse? Penguin and the Lane Brothers shows that the relationship between the brothers was crucial as a driver of Penguin’s spirit and success. Richard went on to share with Allen the leadership of one of the first global media businesses. The Lanes built a firm and a brand that became synonymous not only with paperbacks but also with a certain kind of publishing: switched-on, progressive, engaging. With its low-price, mass-distribution model, Penguin became a vast ‘poor man’s university’, a proto-internet made from paper and ink.

Relying on unprecedented access to Lane family sources, including Richard’s diaries and other papers, Penguin and the Lane Brothers sheds new light on this fascinating counter-history of Penguin Books. It restores the younger Lane brothers to their rightful place in the fascinating story of this unlikely publishing triumph.

The meeting is a 6:30pm arrival for a 7pm start. Please RSVP by midday Monday (21/09) if you would like to attend. If you are unable to attend, please let us know 24 hours prior to the meeting as we need to provide numbers to our venue.

Meeting fee is $10 and includes a drink on arrival and nibbles. This is payable by cash on the night.