Christmas 2023 – Gift Guides – The Folio Society Highlights! 📚

With festive events now launching across the country, pantomimes preparing to open and Christmas adverts starting to roll out, the lead up to the Holidays is well and truly underway. In the lead up to Christmas, we will be publishing a series of different themed Gift Guides to help you with your Christmas present shopping and provide some last minute inspiration.

For this latest guide, we have teamed up with The Folio Society, the ultimate artisan and collectable book publishers, to round-up a selection of their amazing 2023 Christmas highlights.



The Roald Dahl Collection

The Folio Society recently released a third volume in their beautiful Roald Dahl Collection series, joining the best-selling Set 1 and Set 2. Dahl’s classic texts have once again been paired with Quentin Blake’s original black-and-white ink drawings making these must have sets for Dahl fans and collectors alike.

With The Roald Dahl Collection (Set 3), discover a trio of Dahl’s most memorable characters in this new Folio Society collection, featuring Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny the Champion of the World and George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Alternatively, grab your golden ticket and pick up Set 1 for three of Roald Dahl’s finest fizz-whizzing adventures – James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Twits – in this splendiferous collection.

Plus, with Set 1 featuring the beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it makes a perfect tie-in gift for those fresh from seeing the new big screen adventure, WONKA!



Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ trilogy has captivated readers for more than 80 years and this landmark new Folio series ensures that legacy continues.

This enchanting first adventure in the Folio Society editions of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ series features beautiful illustrations by Jonathan Burton and a new introduction by celebrated children’s author Michael Morpurgo, who shares his first memories of discovering Blyton’s work and the spark that ignited a lifelong passion for reading.

The Enchanted Wood introduces Jo, Bessie and Fanny, as they move to a new house and discover the magical world in the woods just beyond their back door. Innocent, fantastical and full of fun, this is a trip down literary memory lane for older readers, while children will be whisked away to incredible lands on wonderful adventures, as they follow the antics of Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy.

The truest text to the original 1939 publication, this is the edition that best preserves Blyton’s magical world for modern readers.



The Night Before Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, a family is sleeping, stockings hung expectantly above the fireplace, when a noise outside announces a night-time visitor…

One of the best-loved Christmas tales of all, The Night Before Christmas has excited children for 200 years. Written by New York clergyman, Clement C. Moore, the poem perfectly captures the anticipation and wonder of Christmas Eve, and it shaped our image of the festive season, including the idea of St. Nicholas arriving on a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

This special anniversary edition features 50 pages of full-colour illustrations by Ella Beech and is packed with detail, humour, and nostalgia.

A stunning fold-out section and glow-in-the-dark binding design complete an extraordinary collectable edition that is the perfect festive gift for children, parents and grandparents alike.



Dune: Messiah

Ahead of the release of Dune: Part Two in March 2024, lose yourself once more in the sands of Arrakis with Frank Herbert’s monumental Dune: Messiah, the epic second act in the landmark sci-fi saga, now presented in a stunning cinematic illustrated edition from The Folio Society.

Paul Atreides has been Emperor of the Known Universe for 12 troubled years. He is the most formidable being in the universe, yet powerless to stop the catastrophic galaxy-wide war triggered by his ascension to the throne.

The sweeping, tragic saga is illustrated by award-winning artist Hilary Clarcq. This edition also includes Herbert’s elusive ‘Death Cell Interview’ prologue, a dramatic recap of the first book that he wrote for the first UK edition of Dune: Messiah in 1971 and has appeared sporadically in versions ever since.



Charmed Life

Welcome to the many worlds of ‘Chrestomanci’, where nothing is quite as it seems…

An anarchic and hilarious tale of magic and mayhem from the fairy godmother of children’s literature, Charmed Life is the first volume of the bewitching ‘Chrestomanci’ series by Diana Wynne Jones and now arrives in an explosion of magic in this gorgeous new edition from The Folio Society.

For this special edition of a British fantasy classic, artist Alison Bryant has created six exuberant and witty illustrations that bring the magic of Jones’s most celebrated series to life. This edition also includes two delightful short stories from the world of Chrestomanci: ‘Warlock at the Wheel’ and ‘The Sage of Theare’.

Katherine Rundell, the award-winning author of the modern children’s adventure classic Rooftoppers, has written a new introduction exclusively for this Folio edition, in which she calls Charmed Life ‘one of the finest children’s books ever written’.



The Planets

With stunning fold-out spreads and many new and improved images, The Planets is a thrilling tour of our solar system by Andrew Cohen and Professor Brian Cox, presented here in a Folio edition with breathtaking NASA photography from the latest space missions.

Drawing on the latest discoveries from space telescopes and interplanetary probes, Cohen and Cox show how the story of our own world is intimately bound up with the fate of our celestial neighbours.

The journey begins with the three inner planets: Sun-parched Mercury; Venus, once thought to be lush and fertile, now smothered in toxic gases; and Mars, too small to hold on to its own atmosphere. Cohen reveals the fearsome power of Jupiter – both a destroyer and a protector of worlds – and how Saturn may become the final place in our solar system where life can exist.

Finally, the voyage reaches the mysterious ice giants of Uranus and Neptune, and the distant dwarf planet Pluto.


These editions are all available exclusively from foliosociety.com

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