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the travelling reader

Check out previous boxes from the Original Travelling Reader subscription boxes and see what great books and fantastic products from British companies we have included in past editions.

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April, 2022
Hampshire, England

For this reading journey, we visit Hursley Park House near Winchester where, during the Second World War, it was requisitioned for the design and management of Supermarine, the makers of the Spitfire.

Full of intrigue and mystery, this novel takes us on a reading journey into the world of undercover operatives and secret missions with the delightful backdrop of this lovely county.

  • Paperback, Treachery at Hursley Park House by Claire Gradidge

  • Winchester coffee from Winchester Coffee Roasters

  • Hampshire chocolate

  • Goat's milk soap from Cyril's Soap Shed of Hampshire

  • Hand wash from Made in:Here of Hampshire

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos

  • Personalised postcard

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March, 2022
Durham, England

This is a visit to Durham in the north east of England with the book, The Deception of Harriet Fleet, by Helen Scarlett. Durham is a county definitely worth visiting: cobbled streets of Durham City with its towering cathedral and river, market towns and beaches, the Durham Dales and many other attractions such as the open air historical museum of Beamish. In the novel, we visit Victorian Eaglescliffe, a village in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, and scenic places such as the spectacular waterfall, High Force, located in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Plenty of dramatic landscapes await your Durham reading journey.

  • Paperback, The Deception of Harriet Fleet

  • Letter from the author, Helen Scarlett

  • Durham Tea from Tea Enthusiasts

  • Chocolate caramel bar from Durham-based Chocolatrice

  • Durham inspired notebook and postcard

  • Travel information

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Personalised postcard

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February, 2022
Berkshire, England

This month is a splendid Royal reading adventure!

This reading journey takes in the famous sights of London, including Buckingham Palace, as well as Windsor in Berkshire, and Fort Belvedere in Windsor Great Park which is on the border between Berkshire and Surrey.

Follow the lives of those within and outside of the Royal Family and hear a different version of the story of Edward and Mrs Wallis Simpson while taking a captivating reading journey in the south of England.

  • Hardback, The Duchess by Wendy Holden

  • Darvilles of Windsor English Breakfast tea

  • Fudge Kitchen fudge pieces

  • Woods of Windsor hand cream

  • Windsor Castle notepad

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos

  • Personalised postcard

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January, 2022
Aberdeenshire, Scotland

This dual time frame novel takes us on a reading journey to Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This area is in the north east of the country, right on the coast, facing the North Sea. Slains Castle, a ruined castle on the cliff top, is the focus of the story and the theme for the January box.

  • Paperback, The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

  • Letter from the author

  • Caber coffee from Aberdeenshire

  • Coco Ooze Scottish chocolate bar

  • Walker's of Scotland shortbread

  • Scottish Fine Soaps sea kelp bath cream

  • Travel information

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Personalised postcard

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December, 2021
Norfolk, England

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Norfolk, in the east of England, has an extensive coastline with 90 miles of sandy beaches, and traditional seaside towns. It also has a vast connection of lakes, rivers, and waterways called the Norfolk Broads. Elsewhere you'll find towns and villages as well as the city of Norwich with its cathedral and wide range of shopping facilities and cultural attractions.

This month we take a reading journey to this area with the novel, The Night of the Flood, which is an evocative tale that will transport you to Wells-next-the-sea, Holkham beach, Norwich, and other Norfolk places.

  • Paperback, The Night of the Flood

  • T Junction of Norfolk tea

  • Gnaw of Norfolk chocolate bar

  • Gnaw chocolate bombe

  • Norfolk tea towel

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos

  • Personalised postcard

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November, 2021
Shropshire, England

This month's reading journey takes us to the landlocked county of Shropshire. This county borders the country of Wales to the west and counties of Cheshire to the north, Staffordshire to the east, Worcestershire to the southeast, and Herefordshire to the south. There are old towns such as Shrewsbury and new towns like Telford, giving Shropshire a diverse feel.  Having both English heritage sites and World Heritage sites, Shropshire provides plenty of interest to visitors. With this Shropshire destination, we take our monthly reading journey with a fantastic book and gifts.

  • Paperback, The Honey and the Sting

  • Letter from the author

  • Shropshire Brew tea

  • Meringue chocolates

  • Soap from Shropshire company

  • Shropshire honey

  • Travel information

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Personalised postcard

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October, 2021
Drogheda, Ireland

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Just outside of our normal range of reading journeys - but we couldn't resist it - is our current travel with a book to the Republic of Ireland. And we know how much everyone loves Ireland! We take our reading journey to Drogheda, in the Boyne Valley, which is in County Louth.

Drogheda is located 30 miles north of Dublin and 70 miles south of Belfast. An easy place to visit as there are airports located locally and travelling by car or train is just as convenient. But no need to book flights or tickets at the moment as we are transporting you there right now with this brilliant Irish fiction that will keep you riveted. And, don't forget all these fine Irish treats to go along with you!

  • Paperback, The Nanny at Number 43

  • McEntee's Irish Breakfast loose leaf tea

  • Butler's of Dublin chocolate

  • Bath soak

  • Irish coffee candle

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos

  • Personalised postcard

  • Letter from the author

Purchase this box for £35.99