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Richard Holmes presents an entertaining study of the extraordinary figures that changed the face of science.
In this fascinating portrait of the fiery and brilliant preacher who changed the world, Vermes returns to the historical reality of Jesus and his Gospel to discover ‘the genuine message of the Galilean master’.
Britain between the wars is brilliantly and entertainingly chronicled in this book by the author of Akenfield.
This elegant edition pays homage to one of the most revered voices of Russian literature. Introduced by the celebrated novelist Eimear McBride and illustrated with evocative photographs, this selection covers the full scope of Akhmatova's work, from her early poems to her later revolutionary pieces.
This beautiful edition, illustrated with Sung Dynasty paintings that reflect Confucian subjects and ideas, allows every reader to profit from the timeless philosophy that remains at the heart of Chinese civilisation and tradition.
Utilising the stories of the men and women caught up in a period of extraordinary change, H. W. Brands has created an epic portrait of the Gold Rush, illustrated in this edition with rare contemporary photography.
A magnificent facsimile edition of a religious and literary classic. Next to the authorised version of the King James Bible and the plays of William Shakespeare, it is among the most widely read and influential of English literary works.
A vivid portrait of a post-Mao China, from one of the great travel writers.
Historian James Holland introduces a richly illustrated edition.
In this fascinating study, historian Richard Barber examines the elaborate pomp and ceremony of the medieval court festival, revealing as he does so its wider cultural and political importance. This volume is published exclusively by The Folio Society.
Unique to Folio, this collection explores the genesis of Heart of Darkness, and features an introduction by Conrad expert J. H. Stape and contemporary photographs.
Boethius’ incredible presence of mind enabled him to produce this work of genius while he awaited execution on a false charge of treason. For many years the most popular book in Europe next to the Bible, its relevance endures.
An idyllic existence brought to life in the famously charming diary of Parson Woodforde.
A fascinating insight into Galileo’s fundamental contribution to science. Introduced by the Pulitzer Prize finalist writer Dava Sobel.
A revealing portrait of one of the most powerful women in history, who remained the subject of scandalous rumour throughout her life and beyond.
Exploring the greatest religious schism in Western history, Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals why the people of Europe were willing to die and kill for their beliefs.
Bede, the father of English history, created a dramatic narrative which remains the most valuable chronicle of Anglo-Saxon England in existence, and an unrivalled account of the early days of Christianity.
Elizabeth David’s influence on our culinary tastes and attitudes was nothing short of revolutionary, bringing the warmth, aromas and tastes of the Mediterranean into Britain’s bleak post-war kitchen.
The chilling story of the brutal colonisation of Australia, this epic account by Robert Hughes is a fascinating history of the youngest and yet most ancient of continents.
One of the world’s great philosophical texts, Kierkegaard’s masterpiece is presented in a magnificent new edition.
A wonderful collection of recipes gathered from all corners of Britain and Europe, emphasising time-honoured techniques and seasonal ingredients as the basis of delicious, authentic cuisine.
A treasure trove of archaeological wonder: C. W. Ceram’s infectiously enthusiastic volume is an enduring classic.
G. E. R. Lloyd traces the birth of science from Thales to Galen. A new foreword by Lewis Wolpert, Emeritus Professor at University College London, pays tribute to the Ancient Greeks and to Lloyd’s exploration of their fundamental role.
In its first illustrated edition, Armstrong's acclaimed account even-handedly traces the troubled history of the three major monotheistic religions.
The food memoir that inspired a new way of thinking about what we eat and how we live. Illustrated with 12 pages of black and white photographs chronicling the author's remarkable life.
Written before he became prime minister, Churchill’s canny and witty insights on the great figures of the day remain entertaining and illuminating.
Sebastian Haffner’s penetrating study helps us understand Hitler’s rise from obscure failure to powerful dictator, examining his motives and his ultimate downfall. Mark Roseman, prize-winning author of books on Nazism, introduces the Folio edition.
What is happiness? Why do we fall in love? How do we recognise faces? Pinker’s exhilarating book explores the machinery of the mind – its origins and development, and how we use it to interact with the world.
The Middle Ages have often been depicted as a period in which life had few comforts. Nonsense, says the great medieval scholar Chiara Frugoni, in this delightful examination of the many inventions we owe to the period.
Before the modern age, only the intrepid, foolhardy or mad would undertake a voyage of exploration. Impossible Journeys tells the stories of 24 of these extraordinary journeys, from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era.