The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin
Illustrated by David Lupton
Introduced by Becky Chambers

The first illustrated edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s masterpiece, The Left Hand of Darkness. The Folio Society edition also includes an introduction by Becky Chambers and exquisite illustrations by David Lupton.


Described by Margaret Atwood as ‘one of the literary greats’ and by Stephen King as ‘a literary icon’, Ursula K. Le Guin stands as a colossus in the field of speculative fiction. The Left Hand of Darkness won multiple awards, including the Hugo for best novel, making Le Guin the first woman to win it; appropriate indeed, given that her extraordinary novel of betrayal, loyalty, love and survival was to change the conversation about gender for ever. In her introduction, novelist Becky Chambers – herself nominated for both the Clarke Award and the Hugo – calls the book ‘a titan’, one that gave rise to new perspectives on what fiction could be.

‘No single work did more to upend the genre’s conventions than The Left Hand of Darkness.

  1. Paris Review

Bound in printed and blocked cloth

Set in Poliphilus

288 pages

Integrated title double-page spread and 14 black & white integrated illustrations

Printed endpapers

Printed slipcase with spot UV varnish

˝ x 6¼˝

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