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  • This Folio Life: John Le Carré and the fable of his past

    John Le Carré’s extraordinary thriller A Perfect Spy is his most autobiographical work, drawing on his own early life and experiences. The result is a novel that is both a thrill ride and a moving portrayal of a life marked by subterfuge and betrayal. In this fascinating blog, Folio’s Fiction Editor Sinéad O’Callaghan explores the incredible plot and the real experiences that inspired Le Carré’s masterwork.

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  • This Folio Life: Judging the Folio Book Illustration Winner 2022

    Having received over 650 entries from 56 countries, the four judges had quite the task to whittle the entries down to just five shortlisted artists and one winner. In this fascinating blog the judges, Art Directors Sheri Gee and Raquel Leis Allion, and teacher at the New York School of Visual Arts, Yuko Shimizu, explain what they were looking for, and how they made their selections.

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  • This Folio Life: Designing a binding: Behind the scenes of a book cover

    London-based illustrator Yehrin Tong is a celebrated cover artist who has twice won the V&A Book Cover Illustration Award. Her distinct designs are intricate and hypnotic, with a mathematical element, making her the ideal artist to illustrate our binding for Syria: The Desert and the Sown. In this fascinating blog, Tong reveals the multi-stage process that led to the stunning finished binding.

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  • This Folio Life: 7 tips for choosing the perfect birthday gift

    A beautiful book is the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life but how do you go about choosing the right one? Folio books are designed to last a lifetime, so it’s even more important to carefully select the edition that’s going to be around for the long term. Here are our top tips for choosing the ideal gift.

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  • The Folio Book Illustration Award Longlist Revealed

    Launched to mark The Folio Society’s 75th anniversary, the Book Illustration Award aims to showcase illustration talent from around the world in the field of narrative fiction. 686 illustrators entered from 56 countries, representing a diverse range of backgrounds and professional experience, with 20 outstanding entries selected for the longlist.

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