I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had succumbed to the temptation of rejoining the Folio Society for another year because one of the offers was the boxed set of Mapp & Lucia novels by E F Benson for just $9.95. Of course, I have to order 4 other books at the normal prices but that’s really no hardship. I chose Hons & Rebels by Jessica Mitford, The Country Child by Alison Uttley (I’ve read both of these but couldn’t resist these editions as I didn’t own copies already), a volume of short stories by Daphne Du Maurier & The Sun King by Nancy Mitford. Folio books are lovely & I do enjoy owning & reading them. I have quite a few Folios that are duplicates of books I already own as they are such beautiful objects. I promised a few pictures & here they are. Above is the box the books live in.
Then we have the books themselves. Gorgeous cloth covers in mauve, pale blue & green. I tried to take photos of the drawings on the front covers but they didn’t come out very well.
Here though is just one of the many lovely line drawings by Natacha Ledwidge.
I’m starting to make reading plans for next year & I do think 2011 may be the year I fall in love with E F Benson. Well, I’ve paid $9.95 for the books, I can’t let that money go to waste, can I? Has anyone else started planning for next year’s reading?