Wednesday, 5 April 2000

The Folio Society

Listening to:

Mendelssohn, symphony #3 in A minor (Scottish).

I should have said last time that Pick of Punch (which I’m still reading) is from the Folio Society, a high-falutin’ book-club. They produce very nice hardback editions of books, complete with illustrations that are usually very good. I’m very keen on their series of Joseph Conrad's works (novels and collections of shorter pieces). They’ve published two a year for the last few years, and I now have seven, of which I’ve read Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness (which came with another couple of stories as well) and Nostromo. I thought the latter was particularly good.

However, I also have to admit that charges of pretentiousness might come a bit close to the mark with this outfit. They’ve been going for a while now, and some times I think that I’m shelling out more money than is warranted (four books a year at about £20 each).

Here’s a very amusing piece on Salon about the corporate cartoon characters of America, such as Ronald McDonald, and their over-anxious minders.


I've been a folio subscriber for several years. Their books are somewhat overpriced, but the quality is very good and they come with illustrations by some very fine artists indeed. After I joined, I discovered that if you hold out when they send you the next year's catalog, they inevitably bribe you with free books from their list which, if you play it right, gets you double the books at half the price. Wait until they start bribing you in December. Order in January or February.

Posted by: Chisholm at September 17, 2004 02:01 PM

Yes, I think I saw this happen when we were leaving Britain to come and live in Australia. I couldn't order my year's worth of books because I didn't even have a valid address to have them sent to. I got a series of increasingly desperate sounding messages from them, with some free books on offer.

They also offer quite good deals during the year once you actually have signed up, typically as a “summer sale” or some such.

Posted by: Michael Norrish at October 21, 2004 06:50 PM