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.

Price: €35/month*
12 month subscriptions get 1 bonus month!

Subscription comes with all other Patreon bonuses, including all our Desperate Literature publications and merch, event entry, prize entry … and more!

*to purchase for collection in-store, you can give us a call or pop down to chat to us about it.



PRICE: €30/month

Each month you have your beautifully wrapped package delivered to your door along with a whole bundle of Patreon treats – from our newest releases to a postcard – and access to all our literary prize and online content.

The first month’s book comes with a tote.

Every month you receive a note about the selected title and the name of the following month’s selection.

To sign up head over to our Patreon Page.


How do you receive your book?

If you’re in Spain, we’ll send it by GLS for next day delivery.
If you’re outside Spain, we’ll send it through the post-office (delay is between 1-3 weeks, depending where you are in the world).

When can I collect my subscription?

If you want to collect in store, your subscription will be available on the first of every month. Remember, to organize a subcription-to-collect, you need to purchase in store!

What if I’ve read one of the titles in the list?

Just let us know when you receive your book and we can swap it out for you. You can swap THREE titles per 12 month subscription, and TWO titles 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