Penguin launches Marvel-style 'Penguin Universe'

PUBLISHING house Penguin is attempting to cash in on the success of Marvel by claiming all its characters coexist in the ‘Penguin Universe’.

As Avengers: Endgame arrives in cinemas, Penguin has decided to create its own sprawling fictional world featuring scenarios such as Winston Smith from Nineteen Eighty-Four sharing a flat with Dracula.

Publishing director Nathan Muir said: “The possibilities are endless. Who wouldn’t want to read about Lady Chatterley being stalked by Alex and his droogs from A Clockwork Orange?

“Especially when Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird starts picking off the gang with his rifle, with the help of Frankenstein’s monster and her out of Pride and Prejudice.

“We’re also going to combine real life celebrity authors with classic novels, such as Jamie Oliver’s A Tale of Two Cities. If you get bored with the story you can just read the recipes.”

Book reviewer Donna Sheridan said: “I love it! Brideshead Revisited is much better now all those posh twats get killed by characters from The Godfather.”

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The bellend's guide to winning the Lottery

IF you win the Lottery it’s traditional to make a series of terrible life decisions and somehow end up skint. Follow our guide to squandering your fantastic opportunity.

Massively misjudge how much you’ve won

If you’ve won, say, £1.2 million, go on a spending spree as if you’re a billionaire. Buy your wife a Ferrari to sit outside your semi in Wigan, pay off all your kids’ mortgages and treat yourself to a Cessna. Then have a heart attack as you realise you’re £1.2 million overdrawn.

Get the obligatory unsuitable new partner

The ideal companion for an overweight 66-year-old British lottery winner is clearly a 20-year-old Latvian babe or charming Jamaican toyboy. They like going out clubbing with your money and you like staying in watching Emmerdale. It’s the perfect fit.

Spunk it on yob activities

If you’re from a rough estate and had shitty life chances, £5 million is a great opportunity to take your life in a new direction. Or just treat your mates to an endless coke party with quad bikes and prostitutes, then fall out because you didn’t buy them enough decks and gold chains.

Start a business you know nothing about

It’s good to have a dream, and your lottery winnings can make it come true. But not if it’s:

● Your adorable but terrible plan to make tiny North Face-style outdoor jackets for cats;

● Setting up your own brewery because you like beer;

● Building yachts. You’ve never owned a yacht or been on one, but it all looked pretty interesting on Howards’ Way.

Be a miserable git

Tell the press your lottery win “won’t change you”, then stick to it to an absurd degree. Keep your minimum wage job at the fish finger factory, refuse to help your family when they’re in genuine need, then die a lonely death, leaving your £8.3 million to the local ferret sanctuary.