The Folio Society’s 75th Anniversary Edition of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Folio Society's 75th Anniversary Edition of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Folio Society is celebrating 75 years of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four this week with an incredible new edition limited to just 750 copies.

There are few more influential novels than George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Released seventy-five years ago, the book has become a go-to for those who want to ensure that his vision of the future does not come true and those worrying that it is.

Big Brother's eyes staring as soon as you open the book

The Folio Society is championing Orwell’s cautionary novel in an extraordinary way by working in close collaboration with The Orwell Foundation to create the ultimate and definitive edition of what has become one of the world’s best-known dystopian novels of all time.

A montage image showing the set and its contents

Packed with eight full-page illustrations from independent design studio La Boca, encased within an incredible white buckram binding with a mirrored finish, a hidden draw full of prints, stickers, and a secret patch, the new edition stands up as one of The Folio Society’s most phenomenal works to date.

La Boca’s striking illustrations, printed on Tatami Ivory paper, perfectly capture the panic and loss of freedom, eerily depicting propaganda campaigns, greed-consumed authorities, and ever-impressionable citizens as the world spirals into regimented despair.

A photograph showing the Nineteen Eighty-Four book spine

A new introduction from the award-winning novelist Elif Shafak adds a valuable layer to this edition, presenting Orwell’s themes through a personal lens, herself having been prosecuted in Turkey for the “Orwellian crime” of “insulting Turkishness.”

Diving into the novel’s parallels with today’s world, the new introduction sets the stage perfectly for the cautionary tale.

Nineteen Eighty-Four tells the story of Winston Smith, a resident of Oceania, a corrupt, miserable community. Beneath his outward conformity, Winston dreams of sharing his treasonable thoughts, that is, prior to falling in love against all odds with a woman of the Party, the beautiful and brave Julia.

Nineteen Eighty-Four will be published by The Folio Society and available from 28th June 2024 exclusively available from

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