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The Folio Society: beautiful books for book lovers

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A few days ago an enormous box was couriered to my office. Inside were several stunning books by the Folio Society, a company that specialises in producing elegant, illustrated editions of well-known books. My package included Margaret Atwoods'The Handmaids Tale, William Goldings'The Lord of the Flies, Douglas Adamss'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Kenneth Grahames'The Wind in the Willows, and I have to say that theyre a far cry from my ratty paperback editions!

The books are each packaged in a slipcase, feature a gorgeous hardcover design, often with elegant foiling, and a printed on thick, glossy paper with full-colour illustrations throughout. The only problem is that youre torn between wanting to thumb through them and wanting to keep them in their original, pristine condition.

Because I know you want to enjoy some vicarious book love, here are some shots of each of the books.

The Handmaids Tale:

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:

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The Lord of the Flies:

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The Wind in the Willows:

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Your turn:'Do you own any Folio Society books or other high-end editions? Would you invest in beautiful books like these?


  1. Yes! A million times yes! I would not hesitate to buy every book they have. How does the membership work, if you know?

    • Stephanie /

      I know what you mean, Ivy! A bit more about membership can be found here. As far as I can tell, members are asked to buy four books within a membership year (which runs between September-August), but there arent any sign-up fees or ongoing requirements to remain a member. By continuing your membership or buying additional books within a specified time, you can usually qualify for free gifts. :)

  2. I received the same package and they are stunning books!

    • Stephanie /

      Theyre simply beautiful, arent they? I think I know what Im getting everyone for Christmas this year!

  3. Oh, these are beautiful! I really like fancy book editions, especially when they are for a book I just really love. Id love The Picture of Dorian Gray. :)


    • Stephanie /

      Great choice, although I think seeing the illustrations in that might creep me out a little! :)

  4. Well, there goes all my money. Im trying to find some of my favourites now

  5. Oooooh, pretty! :D

  6. Gorgeous! Im too easily won over by a pretty book cover I truly envy you.

    All the best,


    • Stephanie /

      Thanks, Lucy! So am I, apparentlyI know what my friends and family are getting for Christmas this year! :)