A proper cuppa

photo 2 (7)If you love old-school Penguin book covers, then you’ll love these.

The Literary Gift Company (www.theliterarygiftcompany.com) has just launched new personalisable book cover mugs – you make up a title, and give them an ‘author’s’ name, and they’ll print you up a mug in one of three colours (green, blue or mustard) for £12.95. It’s such an ingenious idea, I can’t believe no-one has thought of it before.

The real beauty of it is that you don’t have to stick to existing book titles. You can choose anything you like. For mine, above, there wasn’t really any competition – I knew immediately what to order. But you could be as creative/funny/topical as you like, as in these examples:


What’s more, each mug comes in a box with shredded book pages as protective packaging (below, left). Clever eh?

photo 1 (7)They’d make an amazing present for any book lover, particularly those people who are tricky to buy for, like dads and brothers.

Order yours here. Oh, and if you think of a really good title to use, drop me a line – I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be ordering a load more of ’em come Christmas time…




  1. Nancy
    September 30, 2014 / 9:49 am

    Excellent idea!! Can you help me think of a title for my uncle’s 70th birthday? He is in the jaguar club (real car fanatic and does car tours round the world etc) and also has run cub camps and scouts for years etc. I’m thinking author will be Uncle Alan but I’m stumped on the title!

    • September 30, 2014 / 10:49 am

      How about “Scout’s Honour” or “Round the Bend” or “In the Fast Lane” or “Advanced Driving Techniques”…?

  2. September 30, 2014 / 11:33 am

    How fantastic are these!? They really would make fantastic personalised presents!

  3. September 30, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    what a lovely idea! thanks for sharing 🙂

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