Casino Royale from The Folio Society

When my mum dropped off our Christmas presents last week, having brought them all back on the ferry from my sister’s in Ireland for us, I realised something very quickly – the vast majority of my Christmas presents were books. (Fortunate then that I didn’t have to take them on the plane.)

I love books. I love seeing them around the house, but as I’ve got older I’ve definitely noticed that I’ve become less about the look of them and more about the actual reading. I don’t have shelves and shelves of books any more just because I like how they look – the books I have are either books I’ve read, and loved, and so want to keep so I can reread them, or lend them to people, or they are books I’m planning to read at some point.

I also have one small bookshelf on my landing that holds some of my favourite collections, which I will never get rid of. This includes my Nancy Drew books, (all woman needs a sassy girl detective role model), my John Wyndham books, and my James Bonds.

Vintage James Bond books

I’ve also been a big James Bond fan. Obviously he is a violent, soulless, womaniser, but apart from that, he’s pretty cool isn’t he? I mean seriously, he’s a bit ace. Casino Royale is my favourite James Bond book. I love the darkness of it, but I also love the gambling. James Bond has some very specific gambling strategies, and it was by following Bond’s approach to roulette that I doubled my money in my recent casino visit.

When The Folio Society asked if they could send me an extra Christmas present then, Casino Royale was a natural choice.

I was not disappointed.

It’s just beautiful. I love that it comes in a colourful slip case, concealing a dark, sophisticated, grey hardback book underneath. It has gorgeous illustrations from Fay Dalton, which perfectly sum up Bond for me – sultry, exotic and dark.

If you’re ever looking for a gift for a book lover, I’d definitely recommend having a look at The Folio Society. At the time of writing they have 15% off everything with the code G155A and there is free UK delivery on your first order.

James Bond Casino Royale Folio Society

James Bond Casino Royale Folio Society


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