Competition: Win a Toni Morrison signed Folio Society Edition of ‘Beloved’


Toni Morrison

Introduced by Russell Banks

Illustrated by Joe Morse

Now in its first illustrated edition, this seminal novel of slavery in America was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and ranked the greatest fiction work of the past 25 years.

‘A magnificent achievement . . . an American masterpiece’

Something that is loved is never lost 

The Folio Society is proud to announce its publication of one of the most important American novels of the past few decades. Toni Morrison’s Beloved is seminal both in its stylistic achievements and its searing depiction of the lives of African Americans under slavery. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988, and in a 2006 New York Times survey was ranked the nation’s best work of fiction of the past 25 years. 

At its daring, startling heart lies the image of infanticide – an act of paradoxical violence by which an escaped slave, Sethe, saves her child from a life like her own. Unnamed, the baby is buried in a grave marked ‘Beloved’, but her time among the living has not drawn to an end.

Underlying this tale’s many hauntings – literal and metaphorical – are the stark realities of slavery, every bit as brutal as the experience of stoical Sethe and her kin. Morrison’s many-layered narrative gradually tells their story, revealing the bonds that tie them to each other, in life and in death, and how they strive to cope with memories of appalling abuses, losses and indignities. Mingling past and present, magic and realism, Morrison evokes beautifully both the joys and tragedies experienced by her compellingly sympathetic heroine.

Joe Morse’s award-winning illustrations, approved by the author, capture the novel’s extraordinary power.


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To celebrate the release, we have one exclusive copy of the book – signed by Toni Morrison – to give away, courtesy of our friends at The Folio Society.

To enter, fill out the following form with ‘Beloved’ in the subject line, including your full name, address and contact number.

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Competition closes on Friday 7th August, 2015

Winners will be notified by phone / email

Best of luck!



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