A few things prompted by the newest Penguin Classics catalogue...
First, here's the upcoming new edition of one of this blog's favourite books, The Death of Grass.
In the same catalogue, there's also a new edition of Harry Harrison's science-fiction classic of overpopulation, Make Room! Make Room!, with a groovy cover.
However, given the theme, it's not quite as effective as this dramatic US Orb Classic edition from earlier this year.
Among the other books I already know I MUST HAVE in said catalogue, comes a new translation by the brilliant Michael Hofmann (of whom I've previously, accurately, remarked that you could read anything he translates and be assured of very high quality) of Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin.
This same translation is being released in the US by the fine small press Melville House as Every Man Dies Alone.
Melville House also have two other Fallada books scheduled for 2009--The Drinker and Little Man, What Now?--with very attractive, simple cover designs.