Introduced by Terry Jones
Illustrated by Jonathan Burton
In the first in his 'trilogy of five', Douglas Adams introduces us Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Babel fish, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and Marvin the Paranoid Android.
Shortlisted for the 2017 BBPD Awards
‘A wonderful and exhilarating ride’
The earth is about to be demolished by the Vogons to make way for a new hyperspatial express route. Luckily for Arthur Dent, his friend Ford Prefect turns out to be an alien from Betelgeuse and ‘a roving researcher for that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Seconds before the planet is vaporised, Arthur and Ford escape by hitching a lift on the flagship of Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz …
Douglas Adams brilliantly combines science fiction with the finest tradition of English humour. In this, the first of his ‘trilogy of five’, he introduces Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters, the Babel fish and the stolen Heart of Gold starship. Ford knows how to see the Marvels of the Universe for less than thirty Altairian dollars a day, and is overjoyed to be back on the road. Arthur takes a different view. Cut adrift in a strange universe, his planet a smoking ruin, he frequently has to be reminded of the friendly advice inscribed on the cover of his new guidebook: DON’T PANIC.
An international bestseller and a comedic triumph, this pan-Galactic odyssey reveals its author’s erudition on all topics relating to Life, the Universe and Everything. It has appeared in film, radio and television adaptations all over the world – and possibly beyond. This Folio Society edition is introduced by Terry Jones, a friend of Adams and fellow traveller in the universe of surreal comedy.
‘Inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science-fiction cliché alive’
Published in series and available to buy as a set
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Review by Clare.Clarke on 23rd Jun 2012
"Great book and great cover. Loved the illustrations but thought it would be nicer if there were more of them."
Review by kalgores on 23rd May 2012
"A fantastic read for young adults, and those young at heart. Douglas Adams is one of the few authors (Terry Pratchet being the other) whose writing and peculiar thought patterns make me laugh out lou..." [read more]
Review by AshaMJ on 20th May 2012
"Absolutely loved the cover! The illustrations were great as well, but add always I would have liked more (the child in me!)."