As soon as your book arrives, you know this is something special. The quality is often shown in the detail, and the packaging really delighted me, I love this box!
Inside the box, your book is carefully bubble-wrapped, and shrink wrapped inside it's slipcase to protect it from any chance of getting wet. At this point it looks a little disappointing, but 'don't panic' (as should be printed on the outside of our book).
As soon as you remove the plastic you can see, smell and feel your book properly, and you won't be disappointed. The quality is exceptional, the slipcase fits perfectly and is made from strong white card with a lovely matt-yet-glittery external finish.
The book itself is a little less subtle, illustrated by Jonathan Burton, and realised in cloth with silver print, glitter and embossing. Even my 8 year old automatically holds this book incredibly carefully in his hands.
Jonathan Burton also supplied the 8 illustrations inside the 192 page book. Full colour plates crammed full of detail with a somewhat unusual style, they fit very well with the quirky nature of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.
For those unaware of Douglas Adams' story, it features a gentleman named Arthur Dent, who gets up one morning and within only a few hours is travelling the universe with a selection of aliens and a bath towel. Suitable for teenagers and older, it's really rather good.
I'm resistant to letting my children have screens in bed, I like them to read paper books, and I love the feel of a real book in my hands. The Folio Copy feels so incredibly special, no piece of technology can replace that. This is an item I'd never buy for myself, and a gift I'd be incredibly happy to receive. Something to treasure forever and which I will very much enjoy bringing out to be read by my two youngest children, and later on, my grandchildren...
The Folio Society have hundreds of titles to choose from, in every book genre you can recall. Books vary in price depending on a number of factors, but quality is always foremost. Shorter books such as children's novels start around £20, and just in case you really want to spoil someone, a copy of the Peterborough Psalter from the middle ages (using gold leaf and lapis lazuli throughout) will set you back £5500 for a limited edition copy.
The Folio Society edition of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy costs £29.99. Available now from The Folio Society website.