British and Irish Fiction

From Irish mythology to Scottish mysteries, Welsh poetry to English comedy, the literature of the British Isles is hugely diverse and rich. The Folio Society publishes an extensive collection of classic works of fiction from Britain and Ireland. All Folio books include beautiful illustrations or specially researched photographs and come in beautifully designed hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio British and Irish Fiction books.

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The Alexander Trilogy book

The Alexander Trilogy

Mary Renault

Three brilliant novels resurrecting one of history's most mesmerising figures - Alexander the Great. Daniel Mendelsohn, New Yorker columnist introduces the first illustrated edition.

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Beowulf book

Beowulf

The classic Old English epic is presented here with a side-by-side translation by Seamus Heaney.

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories book

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Angela Carter

Igor Karash won the second House of Illustration/Folio Society Illustration Award for his work on Angela Carter's seminal retellings of fairy tales.

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Brat Farrar book

Brat Farrar

Josephine Tey

Long thought dead, the heir to the family fortune has returned to the Ashby family. But in Josephine Tey's mystery masterpiece, nothing is simple and clear and he is soon suspected of being an imposter.

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The Camberwell Beauty and Other Stories book

The Camberwell Beauty and Other Stories

V.S. Pritchett

William Trevor has selected and introduced 25 tales for this collection, acknowledging his debt to the author. V.S. Pritchett weaves his tales from the fabric of ordinary lives, the results by turns melancholy and nostalgic.

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Over Sea, Under Stone book

Over Sea, Under Stone

Susan Cooper

The first book in the award-winning The Dark is Rising sequence, Over Sea, Under Stone is a fantastical adventure set among forces of Light and Dark. Laura Carlin illustrates, with a new preface by the author.

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The Darling Buds of May book

The Darling Buds of May

H. E. Bates

With their outrageous tastes and boundless energy, the Larkins have charmed many a reader. Alice Tait’s illustrations for Folio capture the epicurean excesses of this flamboyant family.

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The Day of the Jackal book

The Day of the Jackal

Frederick Forsyth

The first illustrated edition of Frederick Forsyth's electrifying political thriller. Introduced by Ken Follett.

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Desolation Island book

Desolation Island

Patrick O'Brian

Aubrey and Maturin set sail for Australia to rescue Governor William Bligh from the settlers rebelling against his rule. The fifth installment of the Aubrey-Maturin series.

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Christmas Books book

Christmas Books

Charles Dickens

At the heart of this collection is one of Charles Dickens's best-loved works: A Christmas Carol. This and his other seasonal novellas have become part of Christmas itself, reminding us of simple family pleasures and the value of goodwill.

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Pickwick Papers book

Pickwick Papers

Charles Dickens

The Pickwick Papers (1836-7) launched Dickens's career in riotous style. A rollicking romp through the coaching England of Dickens’s youth, in which the adventures of Mr Pickwick and his friends never fail to delight.

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Dracula book

Dracula

Bram Stoker

Mingling 19th-century anxieties with the oldest terrors of European myth, Dracula is one of the greatest of all gothic novels, and still has the power to chill the blood.

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The Drowned World book

The Drowned World

J G Ballard

J.G. Ballard’s apocalyptic novel evokes a world both decaying and teeming with tropical life forms. Introduced by Will Self, with illustrations by James Boswell.

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Dubliners book

Dubliners

James Joyce

Once regarded as scandalous, Dubliners is now rightly celebrated as the first in the quartet of masterpieces that established Joyce as the greatest innovator in modern literature.

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The Far Side of the World book

The Far Side of the World

Patrick O'Brian

This was the book which was chosen as a basis for the successful film starring Russell Crowe. With the many dramatic events as the Surprise searches for the USS Norfolk around the Cape and all the way to the naturalist’s paradise, the Galapagos Islands, it makes a good choice. The tenth installment of the Aubrey-Maturin series

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