The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

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.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Shortlisted for the 2017 BBPD Awards

‘A wonderful and exhilarating ride’
Terry Jones

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’
WASHINGTON POST

Published in series and available to buy as a set

Production Details

The Hitchhiker
  • Bound in cloth.
  • Blocked with a design by Jonathan Burton.
  • Set in Sabon.
  • Approx. 192 pages.
  • 8 colour illustrations.
  • Book size: 9" × 5¾".

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Review by nickmuir on 27th Mar 2012

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"I had not read this since I was a teenager, and it brought back so many memories. I am not aware of any other illustrated edition, either. I love the binding - the star sparkles suit the story well. J..." [read more]

Review by stevenew5349 on 26th Mar 2012

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

" I first encountered this original and wonderful book way back in the late 1970`s when it arrived, largely unannounced and unknown as a 6 part weekly late night series tucked away on Radio 4. Every w..." [read more]

Review by carol halliday on 24th Mar 2012

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"Read this book many years ago and loved it so bought Folio edition. "

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