Come on a British reading journey

How does it work?

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Prices from £19.99. Cancel or skip your subscription anytime

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Boxes dispatch around the 20th each month. Enjoy your box!

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Important information

How the boxes are shipped:

All one-time and monthly subscription boxes can be ordered at any time.

Boxes do not ship immediately, but each month on a set day which is the 20th (except shop boxes which can be ordered for immediate dispatch here in the shop).

  • The 'current' month's box runs between 11th - 10th

  • Deadline to order the current month's box: 10th of the month

  • Orders dispatched: 20th

 

Please be aware of the following additional information:

If you order between 10th-19th, ie after the cut-off, and we have current stock, we may send you the current box in line with the other orders on the 20th. However, this is not guaranteed and you may receive the following month's box on the 20th of the next month.

For example:

Jane orders on the 1st of November. As she has ordered before the cut-off date of the 10th November, she will receive the November box once it has dispatched on the 20th November. 

Mary orders her box on the 28th of November. The cut-off for the November box has passed (10th) so she will receive the December box, after it has been dispatched on the 20th December.

Sylvia orders her box on the 19th November. Luckily, we have current excess stock so Sylvia will receive her box after it has dispatched on the 20th November with the other November boxes.

Tina orders her box on 19th November, just after Sylvia. In this case, we do not have excess stock and so Tina will not be able to receive the November box. She will receive the December box after it has been dispatched on the 20th December.

For 3 month subscriptions:

If you order a 3 month subscription, this follows the same pattern as above. If you order within the cut-off times, you will receive your first box in the same way as other monthly subscribers. If you are outside of the current month's cut-off, but we have available stock, you will receive your first box once boxes have been dispatched on the 20th (like Sylvia). However, if we do not have stock, you will receive the next month's box as your first box (like Tina).

Did you know you can also order our Hello Gift Packs while you wait for your subscription to begin?

Just add the HELLO GIFT PACK to your cart along with your subscription and we'll make sure this part of your order is dispatched immediately.

Box includes:

A bar of Beech's Fine Milk Chocolate

10 sachets of Cornish Tea

£6.99

plus shipping

Did you know that when you subscribe to our boxes, you can add to your order and receive our HELLO GIFT PACK dispatched immediately on purchase? This means that you or your gift recipient can receive a small wleome box before our monthly boxes are dispatched on the 20th.

We're introducing our NEW boxes with a British chocolate bar from Beech's Fine Chocolates and 10 Cornish tea sachets to keep you going while you are waiting for your subscription to start.

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Box choices

The Original Travelling Reader

British regional monthly book subscription boxes

​Our monthly Original box contains a fiction book and perfect accompanying gifts directly from the book setting.

Subscriptions and one-time boxes.

What's included:

  • A fiction book with a British setting

  • Information local to the area (where available)

  • Personalised postcard

  • British beverage from the locality

  • British edibles from the locality

  • Book- or place-related gift item

  • Exclusive bookmark

If you are not automatically directed to the checkout page, just click the cart button at the top of this page.
 
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Subscription £34.99 monthly. 3 month subscription £99.99. Post and packing also applies.Cancel or skip anytime.
Subscribe now to receive the MARCH box. 
 
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The London Travelling Reader

London monthly book subscription boxes

​Our monthly London box contains a fiction book and awesome accompanying gifts directly from the capital city.​

Subscriptions and one-time boxes.

What's included:

  • A fiction book with a London setting

  • Personalised postcard

  • London beverage 

  • London edibles 

  • Book- or place-related gift item

  • Exclusive bookmark

Subscription £34.99 monthly. 
Post and packing also applies.
Cancel or skip anytime.
Temporarily discontinued. 

Simply British Tastes box

British regional monthly food subscription boxes

If your TBR pile is getting out of hand, our monthly hamper will keep you in the loop of all things British when it comes to food and drink.

Subscriptions and one-time boxes.

What's included:​

  • Information local to the area (where available)

  • Personalised postcard

  • British beverages from the locality

  • British edibles from the locality

Subscription £19.99 monthly. 
Post and packing also applies.
Cancel or skip anytime.
 
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If you are not automatically directed to the checkout page, just click the cart button at the top of this page.
 
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The Junior Travelling Reader

British reading journeys for 9-12 year olds

Let your child take a reading journey around Britain which will inspire your child with a love of reading and travel!

What's included:

  • A fiction book for ages 9-12 with

  • a British setting

  • Information local to the area (where available)

  • Personalised postcard to your young bookworm

  • British edible from the locality

  • Book- or place-related gift item

  • Exclusive bookmark

Subscription £19.99 one time or monthly or £57.99 for 3 months
Post and packing also applies
Cancel or skip anytime. 
If you are not automatically directed to the checkout page, just click the cart button at the top of this page.
ADD ON
Welcome Pack 
Includes: wall map (A1), three postcards, stickers to chart your reading journey, and pencils.
ADD-ON
Travelling Reader book plates
5 writable, adhesive Junior Travelling Reader book plates.
If you are not automatically directed to the checkout page, just click the cart button at the top of this page.

Undecided? Take a look at our previous boxes

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Subscription details and FAQs

 

Please note: All of our boxes contain beverages, confectionery, and sometimes other edible products. Please be aware that these often contain allergens (nuts, milk, wheat as well as others) and we strongly advise you to avoid purchase or consumption of these products if you have a food allergy, intolerance or medical condition. We also include small items, such as a bookmark or other products, that may present a choking hazard. Please keep all such items away from babies and young children.

 

What is The Travelling Reader?

The Travelling Reader is a book and food subscription service based in Britain. We also provide one-time gift box options.

 

What monthly boxes do you provide?

We have a great choice! Choose from The Original Travelling Reader, The London Travelling Reader, Simply British Tastes boxes, our Humour Editions, and, especially for younger bookworms, we have the new Junior Travelling Reader boxes.

 

What's in your boxes?

For our monthly Original Travelling Reader boxes, you will receive a fiction book that is set in Britain or Ireland and book- or place-related items  which complement your reading experience (see our What's in the box? page here). You may discover an item from the locality or something from the story itself. Where possible, we aim to source our products from locally based suppliers or small business artisans to support the local economy. Please see our Previous Original Boxes here to see examples of these boxes. And please see here for What's in the box? London Travelling Reader boxes and here for previous boxes. For these two boxes, we select our fiction books from novels written anytime after January 2000.

For our Simply British Tastes box, we curate a box full of food and drink from a selected area in Britain. Please see our What's in the box? here and here for previous boxes. Our Humour Edition boxes include a British Comedy book with British products (see here), and for our Junior Travelling Readers, there is a fiction book for 9-12 year-olds and either book-related items or local products included (see here).

Please note, the choice of items in your box is based on the value of the complete reading experience, not the total monetary value. 

 

What other boxes do you have?

The Traditional Britain boxes are special editions which include factual books and are available now and then - please keep your eyes out for new boxes or sign up for email updates when we will be sure to let you know. 

How much are your boxes?

Prices are between £18.99 and £34.99 a month. 

If I subscribe, when will I be billed?

If this is your first time subscribing, you will be billed immediately. After receiving your first box, you will be billed on each 1st of the month.

What counts as the current month?

Subscriptions purchased before the 10th of the month will receive the current month's box. Subscriptions purchased on or after the 10th will receive next month's box. For example, if you purchase a subscription on the 9th August, you will receive the August box. Purchases made on the 10th August would result in receiving the September box.

How do I purchase a subscription? And can I purchase more than one?

Our subscription page is hosted by Subbly. It is not possible to add more than one subscription to the cart at any one time. But you can complete a subscription for a box and then complete another transaction for a different box. This means you will need to complete each transaction separately if you want to subscribe to two or more boxes. 

When do you ship the boxes?

We ship our boxes around the 20th of the month - please be aware this may fluctuate but usually by no more than 1-2 days in normal circumstances. Unfortunately, sometimes delays can occur (very rarely!) but we are always working hard behind the scenes to get your box to you on time and we will always keep you informed. One-time purchases for previous items we already have in stock are dispatched immediately.

How is the box shipped?

We use Standard, not signed for, delivery. Once the box has left us, we are not longer responsible for its safe arrival with you, however we will do our best to assist you in the unfortunate event that your box goes missing.

How much is postage and packing?

UK shipping is £3.99 per box. Humour Editions are cheaper postage at £2.99.

International shipping is £16.99 for all other subscription boxes. However, we are unable to take advantage of bulk shipping reductions with one-time boxes as they are shipped immediately on purchase so these are more in shipping costs than regular subscription boxes (£17.99).

 

How long will it be before my box arrives?

We ship boxes by second class deliveries. Please expect this to take at least 2 days to be delivered to your address in the UK. If you do not receive your box within at least 10 working days, feel free to contact us so that we can help you report the incident with the postal service. International shipping times will vary according to country and we cannot be held responsible for any delays. We are also not responsible for paying international import charges if these apply to your country. 

What happens if no one is in to receive the box?

If you miss your delivery and have received a delivery slip, you can ask your postal service to redeliver your box which should be for no extra charge. However, this may be dependent on your postal system rules. Please remember that if your box is not collected within a certain time-frame (dependent on your postal service), it will be returned to us in accordance with their rules. In this instance, if a box is returned to us, we can either refund the money you have paid for the box (not delivery costs) or we can resend the box on receipt of a further shipping payment.

 

What if I have already read this book?

As The Travelling Reader boxes uses the surprise element, book titles are not normally disclosed to the recipients until they have received the box and therefore, you may on times receive a book you already have. We would hope that the other products included with the box would complement the book and more than compensate for any unknowing duplication. We do not refund boxes based on this reason. Alternatively, we would suggest that the book could be given to a friend. 

 

Can I skip a month or cancel?

Of course! We charge you each month for your box on a recurring basis until you decide to cancel. If you want to skip a month, that's not a problem. Just log in and request to skip. If you want to cancel altogether, you can do so also by logging into your account. Please bear in mind the date of the month because we may have already taken payment or shipped your box (please skip or cancel before the 1st of the month when payment will be taken for that month).

If you have any problem, just email us at info@thetravellingreader.com

I missed out on a box I really wanted! What can I do?

After boxes have been shipped out to customers, we generally have a small amount left which we then put on sale. However, these are limited and once they have sold out there are no more. The shop boxes also cost a little more, so we advise subscribing to the box on a monthly basis to get a better deal!

 

How do I purchase a gift for a friend?

Please add your subscription to your shopping cart and tick the gift option. You can check the box to make a one-off gift or to have the gift renew each month - it's up to you. If you have any problems at all, contact us at info@thetravellingreader.com

Is there anything else I need to be aware of?

Yes. All of our boxes contain beverages, confectionery, and sometimes other edible products. Please be aware that these often contain allergens (nuts, milk, wheat as well as others) and we strongly advise you to avoid purchase or consumption of these products if you have a food allergy, intolerance or medical condition. We also include small items, such as a bookmark or other products, that may present a choking hazard. Please keep all such items away from babies and young children.

I just want to sign up to your newsletter at the moment, is that OK?

Definitely! And remember, when you sign up to our email newsletter, you will be the first to know about any special offers and updates!

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General and subscription enquiries: info@thetravellingreader.com

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