I feel I have been incredibly lucky to work with some of my favourite publishers, authors and illustrators (it is a long list so definitely excited for future projects!) but when the opportunity came to work for The Folio Society, I truly couldn’t believe my luck.

Founded in London in 1947, The Folio Society publishes illustrated hardback editions of classic fiction and non-fiction books with good design and high production values at the very core of their philosophy. They believe that great books deserve to be presented in a form worthy of their contents. In a time when the discussion of ebook vs print is at its peak, Folio make a very convincing argument in favour of the latter. For nearly 70 years they have celebrated the unique joy to be derived from owning, holding and reading a beautiful printed edition.

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The Midnight Folk by John Masefield illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

Folio currently publishes more than 60 titles a year printed in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain. Since the 1950s, all books are housed in coloured cloth slip cases that protect the books and highlight the beautiful decorative spines.

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Each Folio edition includes artist-commissioned illustrations. Past illustrators include the amazing Jillian Tamaki (author and illustrator of This One Summer), John Vernon Lord, Christopher Corr, etc.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott illustrated by Rebecca Green.

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, introduced by Irvine Welsh and illustrated by Ben Jones.

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‘A Folio Society edition is, I reckon, as excellent an accolade as any author can achieve these days’

STEPHEN FRY

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson

Here’s to beautiful books that elevate the reading experience, that celebrate illustration and writing and respect the bookmaking and fine bookbinding craft tradition, here’s to the most beautiful books in the world!.

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If you are in London, I really recommend a visit to the Folio Society Bookshop in 44 Eagle Street in Holborn.

 

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