Subscription: The End of the World: Desperate Literature’s Guide to Dystopia

The Desperate Literature Guide to Dystopia

Desperate Literature presents the very best of the worst, with only a smattering of the titles you’ve (probably) already read.  Everything from ecological disaster to capitalist post-apocolypse, it’s all the modern speculative fiction lover needs to cope with the insanity surrounding us.

Each book comes with a description of why we selected this particular title, threading along some of the internal themes with the subscription as a whole.

The first book comes, of course, with your free DL tote bag.

12 months / 12 books: €175
4 months / 4 books: €60



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.

We can either ship your books or you can collect in store.

We currently only have ten of each subscription open, but will be adding more (and further subscription lists) in the coming months.


A Learner’s Guide to English Literature

12 Months: €150 / 4 Months: €55



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 will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.”

― Philip K. Dick


“Cities controlled by big companies are old hat in science fiction. My grandmother left a whole bookcase of old science fiction novels. The company-city subgenre always seemed to star a hero who outsmarted, overthrew, or escaped “the company.” I’ve never seen one where the hero fought like hell to get taken in and underpaid by the company. In real life, that’s the way it will be. That’s the way it always is.”

― Octavia E. Butler