A Folio Anthology

Illustrated by Petra Börner

Introduced by Susan Cooper

Edited by Sue Bradbury

This special collection celebrates the winter season with over 50 poems, memoirs and novel extracts. This edition is completed by Petra Börner’s charming illustrations and Susan Cooper’s thoughtful introduction.

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Was £24.95 Now £12.45
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Winter is the season traditionally beloved of voracious readers, where each shorter day seems to suggest an evening spent curled up by the fire with a good book. It is celebrated here in a special collection that features extracts from novels, memoirs and diaries, as well as poetry and letters.

We are treated to Charlotte Brontë’s beautiful evocation of nature in Jane Eyre, and witness the northern lights with Captain Scott: ‘fold on fold the arches and curtains of vibrating luminosity rose and spread across the sky’. Elsewhere we visit with Charles Dickens - surely the patron saint of Christmas - and learn of the difficulties inherent in capturing images of snowflakes with photographer Wilson Bentley. These and many other fragments and gems extol the delights of the coldest season.

Accompanying the selections are illustrations by the Swedish artist Petra Börner, who has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. Her charming images – of winter woods, wildlife and festive baubles – are presented in four double-page spreads, while motifs from her illustrations appear throughout the text. In her introduction, award-winning author Susan Cooper contemplates the particular contradictions of this season of promises: the bleakness of the landscape as nature retreats, the bright festivities at the heart of winter, and the coming rebirth of spring. Winter: A Folio Anthology is a collection that summons a ‘quintessential seasonal magic’.

Production details

Bound in quarter cloth with Modigliani paper sides

Printed with a design by Petra Börner

Set in Caslon 96 pages

Integrated colour illustrations

8¾˝ × 5½˝

Please note this edition is not slipcased

About Petra Börner

Petra Börner, originally from Sweden, is an artist and illustrator based in London. She studied Fashion Design at St Martin’s School of Art in London, and her first commissions came from Elle and Vogue. Through numerous commissions by clients including the V&A, Oscars, Carven and Penguin Random House, her signature style features in a variety of cross-industry collaborations. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, at the National Portrait Gallery, Claire de Rouen, the Design Museum in London, Portefoin in Paris, as well as at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. 

About Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper was born in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, in 1935. Though living near London, Cooper was not evacuated during the war and therefore witnessed the full force of the Blitz as it struck the capital – she later wrote of her experiences during the war in her novel Dawn of Fear (1970). Cooper attended Slough High School, a local grammar school where she pursued her love of literature. In interviews she has said that she cannot remember a time when she did not write – always creating stories, articles and plays for herself, brother and friends. Cooper studied English at Oxford University, where she became the first female editor of the university newspaper, Cherwell. After graduating she worked for the Sunday Times as a journalist and features writer – her immediate boss at the time being James Bond creator Ian Fleming. In her spare time she wrote fiction; her first novel, Mandrake, was published in 1964. A year later she published a book for children, Over Sea, Under Stone – the first in her acclaimed The Dark is Rising sequence.


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