The Folio Society Book Giveaway – perfect for Christmas!

A while ago, I was asked if I would like to receive some titles from The Folio Society. And I said, well, yes. I’ve heard wonderful things about their books: the art, craftsmanship, quality and beauty. I could go on.

Then these arrived in the mail and I was almost too afraid to open them because they’re so damn lovely and I was afraid of marking them.

left-right: The Wind in the Willows (RRP $77.95), The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (RRP $54.95), Lord of the Flies (RRP $62.95), The Handmaid’s Tale (RRP $79.95)

These photos don’t really do them justice – especially The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Its navy cover glimmers and sparkles.

Here’s a sample of what visual treasures are inside:

If you’re not familiar with The Folio Society, here’s some extra information.

A Folio edition is the ultimate gift for book lovers. With a wide range of titles covering fiction, biography, history, science, philosophy, children’s literature, humour, myths and legends and more, there is beautiful Folio Society book to suit readers of all ages and tastes.

The Folio Society has been producing beautiful illustrated editions of the world’s greatest books since 1947 and this Christmas they have a special offer of free deliver and a free luxury gift wrap set with every order. Folio Society titles can now be bought as a single book purchase from or by phone on 02 9756 5951.


What’s better, for book lovers out there, here’s your chance to win three out of the above four titles. If you win, the three titles will be your choice. That’s right, I hope that will assist those of us who might be waiting for that perfect last-minute lightbulb moment present for someone special. Or, keep them for yourself if you’re feeling greedy!

The rules!

1) You must be an Australian resident.
2) You must leave a comment saying which titles you’d like to win, and why.
3) One entry per person.
4) This competition will close at 12pm Monday 17th December. I will contact the winner that afternoon.
5) In order for the books to be posted to arrive before Christmas, I must hear back from the winner either that Monday afternoon or early Tuesday morning. If no contact can be made I reserve the right to re-draw another winner.
6) The winner will be determined by a random number generator.


Good luck!

Edited to add: This competition has now closed and the winner will shortly be notified.

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  1. Shelly says

    Cool. After yesterday’s post I thought “Hey, that’s cool, I can see why everyone loves ebooks now” but then after today’s I thought “Yep, I’m still loyal to the old-fashioned paper book.

  2. says

    Oh I would so love to win The Wind in the Willows for my daughters, because it was a childhood fave of mine but my copy has sadly gone missing somewhere in the many moons that have passed since then! Folio Society books are so beautiful, we have Perrault’s Fairy Tales and it is much cherished and will be for a lifetime I am sure. Thanks for the chance!

    Oops meant to pick 3 I see, sorry! The other’s I’d choose are The Handmaid’s Tales as I studied it at uni, and Lord of the Flies because I studied in last year of High School – less complicated times :)
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  3. Michelle V says

    As a self-confessed book worm, this is the prize for me
    Wrapped in pretty paper, placed underneath the tree
    I would happily choose books one, two and four
    Because it’s their covers that I adore!
    I wouldn’t dare touch them, just leave them on display
    On my lovely little bookshelf in my home’s hallway!

  4. Emily says

    Oh what a visual and cerebral feast!
    I would definitely choose Wind in the Willows, as I have very fond memories of listening to an audio tape my parents played as we travelled around australia and I just love the qoute “There is nothing–absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
    Hitch Hiklers Guide is a must as I like shiny things (the cover) and love Douglas Adams. Then it would be really hard to choose between the last two, but think it would have to be The Handmaids Tale, as I’ve not read it before (I’d keep that one for myself ). What an amazing giveaway!

  5. says

    The Handmaids Tale would be my absolute first preference, it brings back so many memories of literature days at Uni. And I suppose I should share them if I actually won them so the other two would have to be Wind in the Willows and Lord of the Flies for my darling Dad.

  6. says

    I’d like to win a copy of LORD OF THE FLIES as my first son will be born in the New Year and I’d love an heirloom quality edition of this classic of schoolboy psychology to be able to enjoy with him…

  7. says

    Hi MM,

    I would like to win The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy as its the book I never gd around to reading ad its about time.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your readers. Thanks for all the good reading in 2012.

  8. Mary Preston says

    Just beautiful!!!

    I would love THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS because it’s a childhood favourite I’d like to re-read and share.

    THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY because it’s one of my daughter’s favourites & I do love to encourage her to read.

    THE HANDMAID’S TALE because I have not read it yet and I do love to expand my mind.

  9. says

    Hello ! I found you over at Digital Parents. I am such a book worm! I would love to win
    A Handmaid’s Tale as my friend recently read it and said it was excellent
    Wind in the Willows as a keepsake for my daughter and
    Lord of the Flies as I think my teen son would enjoy it.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!!
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  10. vida says

    Oh my! I have NEVER seen such gorgeous books before — where have I been hiding. Probably inside another book… but I digress. I have a serious crush on the handmaid, hitchhiker and the fly guys. We have a house full of fellas here but all have a good liking for print and I’m sure two of these will keep them on track (the third would be a present for me as I’m the BEST EVER PARENT for allowing them access to the other two). Thanks for pointing me in the Folio Society direction. v

  11. says

    Wow, what beautiful books.

    My pick would be for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I had a paperback copy many many years ago but it was stolen. In fact there was a burglary at our house (we were all asleep at the time) and an entire bookshelf of books were taken and never recovered. I am not too sure what was more freaky – that 4 of us could sleep through the theft or that the thief only took books, 120+ mainly horror novels or medical thrillers!

  12. Kate Fletcher says

    I am an obsessive book collector and I just love Folio society books. I slowly acquire one now and then when I can afford it.
    I would pick Wind in the Willows as the only copy I have is very old and falling apart. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as it is favourite book I do not own and The Handmaid’s Tale as I love Margaret Atwood’s writing!