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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, 2021
Warwickshire, England

Warwickshire is known as the birthplace of one of the most revered playwrights of England, William Shakespeare, and certainly provides a historical feast of activities. This Warwickshire box is packed full of things from the county and includes the fantastic, award winning fiction from Maggie O'Farrell, the beautiful novel, Hamnet, based on the life of the son of the Bard.

  • Paperback, Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

  • The Tea House of Warwickshire, Organic Honeybush tea

  • Henley's of Warwickshire, Honey Bee chocolate 

  • Wax melts from Warwickshire

  • Warwickshire tea towel

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos

  • Personalised postcard

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May, 2021
East Sussex, England

If you want a mixture of scenery and towns, nightlife and history, East Sussex on the south coast of England has everything. Visit the South Downs National Park or experience the breathtaking cliffs of Seven Sisters (which we will do on this reading journey). "Beachy Head is one of the most dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful spots in East Sussex, but it also has very dark connotations, being well known as a suicide site. The effect that this duality has on the people who live there is something that is explored in The Light Keeper, the debut fiction novel from writer and award-winning journalist Cole Moreton." - Simone Hellyer, Sussex Life.

  • Paperback, The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton

  • Letter from the author

  • Bird and Blend of East Sussex tea bags

  • Only Coco of East Sussex chocolate bar

  • Notecards depicting East Sussex (10 in a box)

  • Belle Tout Lighthouse mug

  • Travel information

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Personalised postcard

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March, 2021

West Yorkshire, England

West Yorkshire is a large county with a large population: the city of Leeds is the third most populous city in England, and as such, the city provides a great variety of shopping, eating, and leisure facilities. Alternatively, the county also offers small towns with history: cobbled streets, tearooms, and steam trains, and a countryside with opportunities for rock climbing or hiking. And there's always the option of taking a hike on the moors. See the Cow and Calf rocks, of the Swastika Stone. There's natural beauty all around but, you'll soon find out, from this book, that there are hidden dangers everywhere.

We hope you enjoy this atmospheric tale set in the heart of West Yorkshire.

  • Paperback, The Stolen Child

  • Ginger Parkin biscuits from West Yorkshire

  • Tilda's Tribe shampoo and conditioner bars

  • All Butter fudge from West Yorkshire

  • Holmfirth Tea bags from West Yorkshire

  • Travel information

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Personalised postcard

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February, 2021

Haweswater, Cumbria, England

Cumbria is in the north-west part of England and is the third largest county. This is where you'll find the Lake District, England's largest national park with famous picturesque towns such as Keswick and Grasmere, and lakes and waters such as Windermere, Ullwater and Coniston. This novel is a work of fiction based around the development of a reservoir in this area.

  • Paperback, Haweswater by Sarah Hall

  • Penningtons of Cumbria tea bags

  • Haweswater notepad

  • The Blind Chocolatier chocolates - 3 bars

  • Pringle and Fairweather bath melts

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos

  • Personalised postcard

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January, 2021

Bath, Somerset, England

This month's reading journey is to Bath in the south west of England, in the valley of the River Avon, and 156 km from London. This unique place is the setting for a brilliantly told tale that will keep you riveted until the last page.

We're sure you will enjoy your armchair adventure with this fantastic book and the great products which accompany it.

  • Paperback, The Disappearance by Katherine Webb

  • Mrs Potts of Bath chocolate discs

  • Traditional Bath Squares from the Fine Cheese Co. of Somerset

  • Breakfast tea bags from The Leafy Tea Company of Bath

  • Beauty of Bath hand cream from Somerset-based company, Somerset Toiletry Company

  • Letter from the author

  • Travel information

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Personalised postcard

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December, 2020

Surrey, England

This month's reading journey took us on a 1920s Christmas trip to the Surrey Hills in the area of, and surrounding, the Devil's Punchbowl - a large natural amphitheatre created according to legend, by the Devil scooping out large handfuls of earth to throw at Thor, God of Thunder. This was the inspiration for ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ as well as the setting of this fabulous novel.

  • Paperback, The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn

  • House Blend tea bags from High Teas of Surrey

  • Surrey-based Kokoh Chocolate - milk and dark bars

  • Sparkly Snow Christmas candle from Surrey-based company, The Green Laurels

  • Christmas pudding

  • Gingerbread scented bath salts from Amelia Apothecary of London

  • Free tea sachets

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos

  • Letter from the author and personalised postcard

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November, 2020

Cornwall, England

The most south-western tip of the UK is the county of Cornwall, a peninsula with nearly 200 sandy beaches, granite cliffs, and picturesque seaside resorts. Which is why it is very popular as a tourist destination.

Cornwall is famous for being a surfer's paradise, as well as its Cornish pasties, fudge, and ice cream.

This month's book, Bone China, takes you on a reading journey from London to Cornwall with Hester Why and there she uncovers a whole lot more than she expected.

  • Paperback, Bone China, by Laura Purcell.

  • Cornish tea bags - Smuggler's Brew

  • Buttermilk of Cornwall, Caramel Sea Salt Fudge pieces

  • Bone China mug from Tregothnan of Cornwall

  • Tregothnan teas

  • Exclusive bookmark

  • Photos and personalised postcard

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October, 2020

Lincolnshire, England

With fens to the south east, marshes to the east, and seaside towns dotted along its coastline, Lincolnshire offers a slower-paced, calm and serene county. The county is predominantly agricultural, but the northern part of the Humber is more industrialized. But there's lots to see and do while you take a leisurely tour of the county.

  • Paperback, The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull

  • Lincoln tea

  • Chocolate from Duffy's of Lincolnshire

  • Candle from Lincolnshire-based Hobo +Co

  • Vanilla bean marshmallows from Lincolnshire-based company, The Naked Marshmallow

  • Photos

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

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September, 2020

Gloucestershire, England

Gloucestershire is a county in the south-west of England. Here you'll find glorious scenery such as the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, the Malvern Hills, and Wye Valley to name just a few of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit Cheltenham for the steeplechase horse race or attend one of its many festivals: jazz, music, food and drink, and literature (or course!). Places and towns to visit include Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Winchcomb - all mentioned in the book. Start your reading journey, however, in south west London with the mention of Kew Gardens. These botanical gardens date back to the early 18th century, but in this instance, we will visit in 1914 when a young woman called Clara is hired to fill a Gloucestershire glasshouse with exotic plants from the gardens. The included products are brought to you with this theme in mind.

  • Paperback, The Glass House by Susan Fletcher

  • Chocolate from The Cotswold Chocolate Company

  • Tea from Born Wild of Gloucestershire

  • Exclusive glass and flower bookmark

  • Soap and bath melt from Gloucestershire company Kitaromatherapy

  • Photos and personalised postcard

  • Crystal journal charm

 

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August, 2020

West Midlands, England

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The West Midlands is a heavily populated region with over 2 million residents and Birmingham is a major city within this region. Known as 'The Black Country,' the West Midlands is known for its history within the mining, wool and metal industries. Alongside this history, Birmingham provides modern, trendy, shopping areas, and restaurants and galleries.​ This month's book focuses on the character, Susan, who travels between Birmingham and London, so we have made sure to bring you the best from both places and to include thematic gifts, too!

  • Paperback, The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

  • Gourmet popcorn from West Midlands based Joey Koala

  • Tea in a Birmingham tin from West Midlands company New English Teas

  • Exclusive cactus bookmark

  • Peppermint tea (like the character drinks) also from West Midlands

  • Cactus writing set from London company

  • Cactus wax melt from GracieMay

  • Photos

  • Letter from the author

  • Personalised postcard

 

Purchase this box for £35.99