DESPERATE LITERATURE LAUNCHES ITS SUBSCRIPTIONS LISTS
Starting with two classic selections, ‘A Learner’s Guide to English Literature’ and ‘The End of the World: the Desperate Literature Guide to Dystopia’, we’re offering subscriptions that last either four or twelve months.
One book a month, beautifully wrapped and waiting for you at Desperate Literature.
Each month you have your beautifully wrapped bundle waiting for you at Desperate Literature.
The first month’s book comes with a tote bag (so you can show us off as you carry your book, obviously) and every month you receive a note about the selected title and the name of the following month’s selection. Don’t worry if you’ve read next month’s book already: you have the option to change three titles in any reading list.
Just let us know when you collect your title and we’ll swap it for you.
We currently only have ten of each subscription open, but will be adding more (and further subscription lists) in the coming months.
Can we post subscriptions?
For the moment, no. But we can give you a cup of tea or a shot of whiskey when you collect your parcel, so there’s that…
When can I collect my subscription?
Subscriptions are available on the first of every month.
What if I’ve read one of the titles in the list?
Just let us know the before the 5th of the month and we can swap it out for you. You can swap THREE titles per 12 month subscription, and ONE title per 4 month subscription.
There are books for when you’re bored. Plenty of them. There are books for when you’re calm. The best kind, in my opinion. There are also books for when you’re sad. And there are books for when you’re happy. There are books for when you’re thirsty for knowledge. And there are books for when you’re desperate
– Joaquín Font
"Desperate Literature, una pequeña meca literaria." - MARÍA DÍAZ DEL RÍO
"Abrir la puerta y escuchar la campana que cuelga del pomo es como tropezarse en el callejón Diagon, que es donde Harry Potter compraba las varitas y donde una generación entera soñó con recoger sus libros del cole." - CARLOS DÁVALOS
- The Desperate Literature Prize keeps going way after the winners are announced. They really continue to champion your work; sending it to agents, putting you in touch with magazine editors, etc. I had so much fun in Madrid meeting the judges, other writers & booksellers and doing a reading in their lovely, packed-out shop. The most thoughtful and fun writing competition I’ve come across!"
Caitlin Ingham, runner-up of the 2018 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize
"Los lectores empedernidos están de enhorabuena. La librería literalmente soñada ya está en Madrid." - RUTH MENDEZ
- Being shortlisted for the Desperate Literature competition was the highlight of my year. I got to read in Paris and be published in the pamphlet and in a rather lush 3AM site. I met loads of people who took an interest in my story. It was such a boost."
Gordon Collins, runner-up of the 2018 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize
- Desperate Literature bookshop are one of the good ones. They've supported our weirdness for a long time now, their short-fiction prize was cool last year and looks even cooler this year with a whole range of ace looking stuff for the winner and we think it would be absurd of you not to submit an entry. Let's face it, it looks worth taking a chance on it just to gain a runner-up spot or, given what's on offer for shortlisted writers, just to be shortlisted. It's the all-round cool thing. Quick, write something and submit."
Vikki and Rich, Dostoyevsky Wannabe