A Learner’s Guide to English Literature

Always wanted to read more English literature, but not really known where to start?

That’s why we made the Desperate Literature guide to learning English through fiction, covering our favourite intermediate-level fiction.  Short, classic reads that span everything from timeless young adult novels to hard-hitting dark comedies. This list is perfect for readers starting at a B1-B2 level.

Each book comes with a glossary of words to unpick the book’s more complicated terminology.

12 months / 12 books: €150
4 months / 4 books: €55



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.

❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞

 – Charlemagne


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