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Richard Holmes presents an entertaining study of the extraordinary figures that changed the face of science.
With a preface by the Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka, this anthology collects folktales from across the African continent – including classic trickster tales like ‘Spider Outwits the Rich Woman’, and stories about navigating the complexities of life, such as ‘Never Ask Me About My Family’.
Anthony and Cleopatra is not only one of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, but also a powerful political drama. It is among the most poetic of all the high Shakespearean tragedies. Published by Oxford University Press.
The infamous battle examined from all angles by one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians.
A Golden Age gift book in facsimile for the first time. Kay Nielsen’s rarest work with his virtuoso blend of folk-tale drawing and Art Deco stylisation illustrating 22 of the best-loved tales by the Brothers Grimm
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.
Unconventional and witty, this play tells the tale of the most playful of romances. It is Shakespeare's ground-breaking comedy. Published by Oxford University Press.
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.
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.
Complex, disturbing and powerful, King Lear is a play of haunting, shocking scenes and unmatched language.
Shakespeare's last tragedy, telling the story of Caius Marcius, a proud Roman General in the tumultuous days of the early republic. Published by Oxford University Press.
Nepotism, murder and debauchery abound in this gripping portrait of a family that bribed their way to power in Renaissance Italy. The first illustrated edition, this is designed in series with Hibbert's The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici.
Greed, romance and desperation abound in Giles Milton’s exploration of the colonial enterprise that paved the way to the United States of America. At the book’s heart lies the vanishing of the 1587 settlement on Roanoke Island, whose 115 inhabitants met with a grisly end.
A series of misunderstandings on a sultry summer’s day have terrible and far-reaching consequences. This is the first illustrated edition of Ian McEwan’s masterpiece.
The sheer visceral strength of this great tragedy has resonated through the centuries, ensuring it remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.
Shakespeare's greatest play; the tragedy of Hamlet has become the most widely published work in the world, after the Bible. Published by Oxford University Press.
A noir classic, introduced by John Sutherland.
A vivid portrait of a post-Mao China, from one of the great travel writers.
Critically acclaimed historical fiction from the Booker Prize-winning novelist and biographer.
As Shakespeare's shortest play, Julius Caesar is an enduring analysis of conspiracy, betrayal and assassination. Published by Oxford University Press.
A treasure trove of archaeological wonder: C. W. Ceram’s infectiously enthusiastic volume is an enduring classic.
Historian James Holland introduces a richly illustrated edition.
The sequel to The King Must Die sees a triumphant Theseus return to Athens and his throne, only to find his destiny beset by tragedy, desire and the uncertain will of the gods.
The most powerful sorcery is Shakespeare’s language. Complex, personal and unsurpassably lyrical: rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most finely nuanced plays.
A comic masterpiece featuring a lovesick nobleman, a maiden in disguise and an extraordinary love triangle. No one in this play is truly insane, but accusations of madness abound as the confusion unfolds. Published by Oxford University Press.
A timeless American classic joins the Folio Collectables line-up.
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.
With witty illustrations by Quentin Blake, Waugh’s satiric novel about the perils of modernisation receives the Folio Collectable treatment.
Shakespeare's first foray into the revenge tragedy. Its horrors are notorious, but its powerful poetry of grief is the work of a true tragic poet. Published by Oxford University Press.
A hundred years of military blunders accompanied by a fascinating psychological analysis.