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These covers made me Groan

By October 20, 2022No Comments

The Folio Society prides itself on the quality of the books it produces.

Just as important are the covers and illustrations it commissions, which often add a new and unexpected twist to the story inside.

They’ve just brought out an edition of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy, and I think they made a mistake.

Because Peake was, as well as a great author, a superb illustrator, not only of his own books, but many others.

His drawings summon up the mysterious world of Gormenghast and its eccentric inhabitants in a way that seems to me to be unbeatable.

Of course, the Folio Society edition will be elegantly produced. And at $1,150 for the limited edition, it’s perhaps only for Peake collectors.

But I’ll stick to my copies with Peake’s drawings.