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Penguin Takes the Centre Field With the Launch of a Dedicated Imprint for Sports Books: Penguin Play

The leading publisher in India, Penguin Random House India, is excited to announce the launch of Penguin Play, a new and dedicated imprint that aims to bring together some of the finest books from the dynamic and captivating world of sports.

Penguin has long been home to an eclectic and diverse range of books and has one of the strongest portfolios of books in the sports genre, including several remarkable titles from the field of sports, such as The Dhoni Touch: Unravelling the Enigma That Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni by Bharat Sundaresan, Made in India: A Memoir by Milind Soman with Roopa Pai and Playing To Win by Saina Nehwal among others. The introduction of Penguin Play marks a significant step towards consolidating these works under one distinguished imprint and becoming the preferred home to both athletes and sports writers.

The imprint boasts a sizeable backlist, featuring compelling narratives, insightful biographies, and authoritative analyses that capture the essence of the sporting world. One of the key highlights of Penguin Play is going to be the commitment to deliver fresh and exciting content and intends to release an average of three new books every year, ensuring a steady stream of thought-provoking literature for sports enthusiasts and readers alike.

Readers can expect authors like Aditya Iyer, Paddy Upton, and Mithali Raj to get published by Penguin Play, and new acquisitions like R Ashwin’s autobiography and Bharat Sundaresan’s next book will keep the readers engaged.

Speaking about being published by Penguin Play, Paddy Upton says, ‘Penguin is one of the top publishing houses, both in India and globally, which makes me proud to be associated with them. I look forward to working with them in bringing hopefully tens of thousands of people joy, ease, and flow as they lean even further into the wonderful life they were born to live.’

Award-winning and world-renowned author, Bharat Sundaresan, says, ‘At Penguin, they don’t just publish books; we tell stories and chronicle memories. We create narratives and shape histories. It’s been an honour to play my part in that journey.’

Speaking about the launch of Penguin Play, Radhika Marwah, Executive Editor, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘In a nation of over a billion people where sport unites and inspires, we aim to captivate and uplift readers by presenting phenomenal sporting stories. Penguin Play will showcase the finest in sports literature, including biographies and autobiographies of greats, narratives of memorable sporting epics, and sports writing meant to entertain, inform, and celebrate.’

Milee Ashwarya, Publisher, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘Few things in life bring forth passion, pain, and pleasure in equal measure, and sports is one of them. With a view to offering our readers the best and the most diverse list of books on sports, we are delighted to launch Penguin Play, a new imprint that will focus on publishing about three books each year in the genre. I am excited to begin this new journey with my team and wish them my very best.’

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