The idea persists that if you don’t know what to buy a man for Christmas you should stick with socks, a tie or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, a jumper with a reindeer on it. But if you want to get the men in your life something they will really appreciate, The Folio Society should be your first port of call for inspiration.
From novels and short stories to biography, history and dozens of other specialist interests, The Folio Society publishes a range of classic books so extensive and diverse that you can find something to suit the taste of any man – whether he is looking for something to stretch his brain, make his pulse race or even just make him laugh.
And Folio editions are beautifully crafted – designed and illustrated with care and attention, making them perfect to give as thoughtful, unique presents.
If you are searching for a gift for a man who has an interest in the mysteries of the universe, look no further than Folio’s range of scientific works. One particularly attractive volume is Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, the pioneering book by a scientist who is as widely loved as he is respected.
Prof Hawking is not just an outstanding cosmologist. He is a great writer with a gift for explaining complex concepts such as the Big Bang, wormholes and pulsars using analogies that the layman can easily understand.
The Folio edition has the added benefit of 16 pages of colour and black-and-white plates, as well as numerous integrated illustrations that bring the strange beauty of the cosmos to life. Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal, has contributed a special introduction that examines how the book initiated a golden age of popular scientific writing: this is a landmark volume in literature as well as in science.
If Stephen Hawking is a hero to many men, so, for very different reasons, is James Bond. One of the most iconic characters in fiction began life in 1953 in Ian Fleming’s novel Casino Royale, in which 007 heads to the Royale-les-Eaux casino in France in an attempt to bankrupt the SMERSH agent Le Chiffre in a game of baccarat. What follows is the most nail-bitingly exciting card game in literature.
The Folio edition of Casino Royale includes a fascinating introduction by novelist John Banville that investigates some of the real-life models for the character of Bond, while the danger and glamour of the secret agent’s life are perfectly captured in Fay Dalton’s striking illustrations. This is an edition that would not look out of place in Bond’s own exquisitely furnished London apartment off King’s Road.
For any man interested in philosophy, science and good jokes or any combination of the three, the book to buy is Mort, one of the most popular titles in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld fantasy series and a great place to start for any reader who has not yet experienced this writer’s unique blend of moral wisdom and belly-laugh-inducing wit.
Dedicated fans will also appreciate this exceptional Folio edition of the novel, which features astonishing new illustrations by Omar Rayyan that reflect both the humour and vibrancy of Pratchett’s Discworld.
An introduction by the Booker Prize-winning novelist AS Byatt reminds us just why the sorely missed Pratchett was so special. And watch out for the tiny silver A’Tuin – the great turtle that carries the Discworld on his back – on the book’s spine.
The Folio Society does not just publish the best books. It publishes them in the best way possible. Let Folio help you give the men in your life a rare treat – a Christmas present they will really care about.