Anyone with bookish friends and family knows the joy of being handed a book you’ve never heard of, accompanied by a glowing recommendation, and discovering a real treasure. Sometimes the books you didn’t know you wanted are the books that grab you the most… Mark Forsyth’s essay The Unknown Unknown discusses ‘the delight of not getting what you wanted’ from a bookshop who can work magic in providing unknown, unmissable books.
The Blackwell’s Book Gift Club works on this very principle – we will choose a brand new book for you (or your favourite book-lover), and send it to you each month. It’s a little bit of literary magic in your letterbox!
We choose the most interesting and high quality books published during the year, so you’ll always receive a brand new hardback book, published within the last three months, and worth at least £16. Books will be sent out on the 1st of each month, and should be with you/your chosen recipient within five working days.
There are five categories to choose from:
3. Politics, Philosophy and Culture
5. ‘The Perfect Mixture’ – a selection of books from all categories
You can subscribe for 6 months or 12 months, and the prices are as follows:
12 months: £199 for the Fiction category, and £221 for the other four categories.
6 months: £99.50 for the Fiction category, and £110.50 for the other four categories.
If you would prefer to receive paperbacks, then for 12 months it’s just £120 for the Fiction category, and £150 for any other category, and for 6 months, it’s £60 for Fiction and £75 for the other categories.
Postage within the UK is free – if the subscription is a present for somebody else, we can send the payment details to you and the books to another address. Please email email@example.com, with the subject ‘Book Gift Club’, for advice on international postage costs.
To leave you with some temptation, here’s a selection of some previous Gift Club choices…