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By signing up, you will receive a new book chosen by one of our booksellers. Part of the fun is that you won't know what you're getting until you open the parcel, but you can guarantee it will be a fresh release. To help us choose the right book for you, please select a bookseller profile below that best matches your taste in books.

Our subscription is flexible, with you deciding on the frequency and format you'll receive. Of course, you are welcome to cancel at any time.

What to expect:

  • A specially-selected new release tailored to your reading preferences
  • A piece of David's merchandise, alongside a personalised note from your chosen bookseller
  • Typically seen reading speculative fiction, horror, modern classics and the occasional non- fiction – normally a social science topic/essays. Lover of anything inspired by folklore, the sea, history and the apocalypse.

    5 favourite books:

    • Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    • Just Kids by Patti Smith

    Recently read:

    • How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
    • The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
    • The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
    • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
    • The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore
    • Minor Detail by Adania Shibli

    Currently reading:

    Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

    AMBER TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS 
  • Likes to read contemporary fiction or art and life focused essays/journals or biographies. Wants to feel something.

    Favourite books:

    • My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman
    • The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson
    • So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
    • Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone by James Baldwin
    • Everybody by Olivia Laing

    Recently loved:

    • Ordinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan
    • Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield
    • Ripe by Sarah Rose Etter
    • Nevada by Imogen Binnie
    • Easy Beauty by Chloe Cooper Jones

    Currently reading: Like Love by Maggie Nelson

    CHLOE TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS 
  • You are what you read.

    Favourite books:

    • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    • Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake
    • The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll
    • Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars
    • Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
    • Raymond Carver (all)

    Recently read:

    • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
    • The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis
    • The Hooligan Nights by Clarence Rook
    • Fremder by Russell Hoban
    • Kentucky Ham by William S. Burroughs Jr

    Currently reading:

    Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano

    JACK TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS 
  • Appreciates a variety of fiction, history and nature writing. Currently enjoys genre-hopping and exploring new & popular titles. 

    Favourite books:

    • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel 
    • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

    Recently enjoyed:

    • Isaac and The Egg by Bobby Palmer
    • The Bone Chests by Cat Jarman 
    • Maurice by E. M. Forster
    • The Gardening Book by Monty Don
    • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel 
    • Why Women Grow by Alice Vincent 
    • Calypso by Oliver K. Langmead 

    Currently reading:

    • One Day by David Nicholls
    • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 
    KARA TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS 
  • Either reading a fantasy or a thriller.

    • 5 favourite books:
    • The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
    • The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Book That Wouldn’t Burn by Mark Lawrence
    • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
    • Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher

    Recently loved:

    • Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Wonder State by Sara Flannery Murphy
    • Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree
    • Starling House by Alix E. Harrow
    • Shadowstitch by Cari Thomas

    Currently reading:

    The Book That Broke the World by Mark Lawrence

    LUCY TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS 
  • Experimental/small-press fiction and critical theory. Currently doing a PhD on computer and internet history, so a lot of my non-fiction reading is geared towards this. If it's difficult or gossipy, I'm interested.

    Favourite books:

    • God Jr. by Dennis Cooper
    • The Pepsi Cola Addict by June-Alison Gibbons
    • The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin
    • Lucinella by Lore Segal
    • Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker

    Recently loved:

    • Bark by Georges Didi-Huberman
    • A Flat Place by Noreen Masud
    • The Children of the Dead by Elfriede Jelinek
    • The Observable Universe by Heather McCalden
    • Transmission by Hari Kunzru

    Currently reading:

    • Powers of Horror by Julia Kristeva
    • The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams
    OSCAR TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS 
  • Reads an endless array of contemporary fiction, fantasy, graphic novels and romance, with a particular fondness for magical realism and cosy character-centric stories.

    Favourite books:

    • Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern
    • The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
    • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
    • Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
    • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

    Recently loved:

    • Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson 
    • Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
    • The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai
    • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
    • A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

    Currently reading:

    A Letter to the Luminous Deep by Sylvie Cathrall

    SHANNON TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS 
  • With the ever present threat of returning to Zelda and never picking up a book again looming large, I have had to choose books that are gripping if not from the first page, then at least the 50th. Expect speculative fiction, horror, thrillers, and even the odd Western. 

    Favourite books:

    • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
    • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
    • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel
    • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

    Recently loved:

    • James by Percival Everett
    • Butter by Asako Yuzuki
    • Under the Skin by Michel Faber
    • Strangers by Taichi Yamada
    • Roadside Picnic by Boris & Arkady Strugatsky

    Currently reading:

    Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

    STEPH TO CHOOSE MY BOOKS