‘A Year in Books’ is our world famous, tailored subscription service and makes the perfect gift for bookworms everywhere. Starting with an in-depth reading consultation, our team of expert booksellers hand select each title according to your taste and reading aspirations. Each title is beautifully wrapped here in Mayfair and then shipped directly to your door, two books at a time. Every book will also come with one of our beautiful Heywood Hill bookmarks, designed by Cressida Bell.
Book of the Month
Heywood Hills’s Book of the Month subscription is a collection of carefully selected must-reads, chosen from the most recently published titles by our expert team of widely-read booksellers. Your books are then beautifully wrapped here in Mayfair and shipped directly to your door, two books at a time. Each book will also come with one of our beautiful Heywood Hill bookmarks, designed by Cressida Bell. Available in hardback or paperback, fiction or non-fiction or a mix of both – the choice is yours!
"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. We hand-pick your titles from the floor of our historic Curzon Street shop, which houses a mix of the very best new fiction and non-fiction available today. Every book has to earn a place on our shelves, and in turn, we hope on yours. Subscriptions come in two forms – Tailored and Book of the Month. Tailored subscriptions are based on a Reading Consultation, which is explained below, and reflect individual interests in particular genres and themes. Two books arrive on a bi-monthly basis. Book of the Month subscriptions on the other hand are our distillation of hours of reading, conversations with publishers, and the thoughts of respected reviewers. These are posted out on a monthly basis.
If your interests, or those of the person you intend to give a subscription to, are likely to lie outside of the books on our shop floor then a Tailored Gift Box may be more suited to your needs. The books included in this gift come all at once and are ordered in especially, thereby allowing for all kinds of special interests.
Yes. No. If you take out our Tailored subscription then your books will arrive in six deliveries throughout the year (or four if you've bought the Hardback 40 subscription), with two (or ten) books in each parcel. Our Book of the Month titles arrive on a monthly basis. These books are wrapped with our trademark brown paper and ribbon, and each package will include beautiful bookmarks designed by Cressida Bell to reflect each month of the year.
Yes. Subscriptions can be purchased worldwide. An additional one-off payment will be added during checkout for postage and packaging. The additional costs for every subscription are listed on the page of each subscription type in our online shop.
At any age! Our 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 14 years for this subscription. If you have any further queries about A Year in Books for Children please email our booksellers here.
The welcome letter can be sent to either the purchaser or recipient . Please let us know which you would prefer in the notes box during the checkout process. It is important, whether you intend to have the welcome letter sent to the recipient, or to deliver it yourself, that you provide us with their address for delivery. If you are purchasing a subscription for yourself then only one address need be included.
Yes. You will be prompted to provide a personal message during the checkout process. We will then add your note to the welcome letter.
We endeavour to send welcome letters within three working days of receipt of your order. Please try to ensure that you have provided us with all the information we need to send your welcome letter, as requested during checkout. If we have any queries about your order we will endeavour to email you within one and a half working days. Welcome letters will be sent by email, unless sending by post is requested in the order. If you would like us to send the welcome letter by post, we can send it out by second-class post to addresses in the UK or standard airmail to all international destinations; this should take approximately 7-10 working days.
The service will start at least a month after receipt of the Welcome Letter – in fact, the Welcome Letter will usually include a start date. Subscriptions purchased at Christmas will begin in early in the New Year. The Welcome Letter includes an invitation to complete a Reading Consultation, which can be done online, by email, or by appointment over the phone. However, a reading consultation is not mandatory! If we do not hear from the subscriber within one month of the welcome letter being sent, or they elect to receive our Book of the Month choices, we will begin sending out our selection of the very best new books.
Subscribers can complete an optional online reading consultation online or arrange a reading consultation by phone, email or in person at the shop by contacting us directly. All the details on how this can be done are included in the welcome pack.
A reading consultation is not mandatory! If we do not hear from the subscriber within one month of the welcome letter being sent, or they elect to receive our Book of the Month choices, we will begin sending out our selection of the very best new books.
The welcome letter will be sent out on receipt of your order unless otherwise requested during the checkout process. The book parcels will begin one to two months later. Those orders placed at Christmas time will begin in the New Year.
We make great efforts to ensure that each book is the best choice for our subscribers. However, if our book choice is unsatisfactory or the subscriber has already read it, books in perfect unread condition can be exchanged. Subscribers can make a maximum of three exchanges during the year. Postage for the return of books is at the subscriber’s expense. We believe that one of the great pleasures of the subscription is the element of surprise, and embracing this does involve an element of risk, but one that we hear time and again is more than worth it.
If you have any concerns about the delivery of your parcel you can contact our booksellers at any time. If you move house or would like the parcels delivered to a different address please let us know with at least a month notice. If necessary we can pause your subscription for up to three months.