Put your reading in the hands of our expert booksellers and discover a wealth of literary delights. Our famous book subscriptions are an unforgettable Christmas present for people who love to read. Each one is a truly bespoke literary adventure. BREAKING NEWS: Scroll down to find out who has won A Year in Books FOR LIFE 2017.
The winner of our 2017 prize draw and a lifetime subscription to Heywood Hill's A Year in Books is... Matt Pollard from the United Kingdom.
Many congratulations. Matt has two weeks to claim this life-changing prize by confirming the book that he would take to Mars, or we redraw. Please check out the lovely video below which features some of our band of booksellers explaining A Year in Books from Heywood Hill and why it is such a very special experience.
Heywood Hill clients are an international bunch. Patricia Lovejoy lives in Greenwich Connecticut in the United States. As far as Heywood Hill is concerned Patricia is in a class of her own.
Patricia rang the shop in the early 1970s and asked us to send her a few books. What is remarkable about her is that forty years later Patricia still receives a book a month from Heywood Hill. Sometimes she increases her reading intake to two or even three books a month.
‘I really have adored my link with Heywood Hill’, says Patricia. ‘I love discovering books that I would otherwise never have read. Heywood Hill has consistently surprised and delighted me with their choices. Over the years I have dealt with various booksellers at the shop and got to know them and their literary tastes as they interpret mine. It has been the most tremendous fun, an adventure and a lovely constant literary thread in my life that I wouldn’t exchange for anything.’
Patricia is a graduate from Bryn Mawr College and worked in environmental protection before Harvard Business School. She then worked in New York in banking for what was then Morgan Guaranty and later Citibank. She later moved out of New York to Greenwich.
‘My favourite thing to do is to read and it makes me very happy. I love going to restaurants and socialising too. I do so just in case in the future I get lonely. But in truth I am perfectly happy unwrapping the latest parcel from Heywood Hill and just sitting and reading all day long.’
But Patricia has only been to the shop twice. In 1999 she called in with her young son Donald who she says fell asleep on the books. Patricia loved the fact that no one minded. Then she called in again in 2012 to impress upon the current generation of booksellers just how much the shop has meant to her throughout the past forty plus years. Patricia – allow us to thank you for all your support.
"Heywood Hill has succeeded in reading my mind. They send books that broaden my horizons, and introduce me to new authors with admirable attention to my tastes"
"Honestly the best present I have ever bought"
"It's a dream present for fellow bibliophiles or for yourself"
Our A Year in Books subscriptions are truly bespoke. If you have any particular requirements or queries we would be more than happy to discuss the options. Please email Camille Van de Velde at the shop.
At what age can children start A Year in Books?
At any age! Our specialist children’s booksellers will choose age appropriate books however old the child is. These can be classic illustrated titles or more challenging reads for young bookworms. We have an upper age limit of 12 years for this subscription. If you have any further queries about A Year in Books for Children please email Andrew Turton.