HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK BOX

Subscription and one-off book boxes for historical fiction readers

from The History Quill

CLOSED FOR NEW ORDERS

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Join our wait list by entering your name and email, and we’ll send you an email when we open again for both subscriptions and one-off boxes.

Book Box Waitlist

What book boxes do we have?

Three book subscription

Three books delivered every three months

£36.99

£29.99

for your first box

FREE shipping

Choose your preferences of subgenres and time periods

+ ask us to exclude any authors or titles you don’t want to receive.

Six book subscription

Six books delivered every three months

£67.99

£59.99

for your first box

FREE shipping

Choose your preferences of subgenres and time periods

+ ask us to exclude any authors or titles you don’t want to receive.

Three book one-off box

Three books delivered once

£36.99

 FREE shipping

Choose your preferences of subgenres and time periods + ask us to exclude any authors or titles you don’t want to receive. 

Or simply let us choose some great books from any subgenre and time period!

Six book one-off box

Six books delivered once

£67.99

FREE shipping

Choose your preferences of subgenres and time periods + ask us to exclude any authors or titles you don’t want to receive. 

Or simply let us choose some great books from any subgenre and time period!

Subscription Boxes

Our subscription boxes are all about you and your preferences and making sure you have great books to read on a regular basis.

One-off Boxes

Our one-off boxes are all about treating someone (or yourself!) to an expertly selected collection of great historical fiction.

All about our book boxes

Our book boxes are all about helping you to discover new books and authors you’ll love. The titles in every box are a surprise, so opening your box will always be an exciting experience. We align our selections with your own reading preferences, including historical fiction subgenres and historical periods. You can also let us know if there are titles or authors you don’t want to receive. Please note, we only ship to the United Kingdom at this time.

How it works

Step 1:

Choose your product and checkout

Choose whether you want six books or three books and whether your want a subscription or one-off book box. Then make your payment through our quick, secure checkout.

Step 2:

Select your preferences

Once you’ve made your payment, we’ll prompt you to select your preferences, including your preferred subgenres and time periods. You can also fill in any titles or authors you don’t want to receive in your box. We’ll check for your preferences 24 hours after your initial order.

Have you ordered a one-off box as a gift and/or are not sure what preferences to select? Leave them blank and we’ll select some great titles to put in the book box.

Step 3:

Receive your book box

After you’ve given us your preferences, our historical fiction experts will make selections for your box.

We’ll then ship your first box within two working days of receiving your preferences! UK delivery should take two to four days.

What happens after the first book box?

For our subscribers, we ship subsequent subscription boxes every three months. We’ll ship on or before the 15th or 30th of the relevant month, depending on when your original order was placed.

Your first box is shipped in two working days after we receive your preferences.

First month

Second month

We’ll ship your next subscription box in the third month. 

What makes our book box special?

We’ll level with you. We have an obsession with historical fiction books. Family members give us strange looks when, after reading a book, we start talking like we’re from a different century. We get disappointed when courtship doesn’t involve an exchange of letters. We know far too much about medieval sleuthing and are much too inclined to yell out SHIELD WALL at inappropriate moments.

We created The History Quill Book Club to bring together people who, like us, can’t get enough of historical fiction. Our historical fiction book box is the physical manifestation of that enthusiasm for the genre, created by people who love it just as much as you do.

Discover new authors and new titles, including hidden gems that you wouldn’t have found yourself.

Selections handpicked by our team, with expertise specifically within the historical fiction genre.

Book choices powered by your own preferences for subgenres and time periods within the genre.

Avoid duplicating titles in your own personal library by asking us to exclude authors and titles from your book box.

Always free shipping and the ability to pause or cancel subscriptions at anytime with the click of a button.

Fancy a sneak peek of our historical fiction book box? Check out this video…

The books in our boxes are a surprise, so opening up a box will always be an exciting experience as you find out which new books and authors you have discovered. Our focus is on helping you to uncover hidden gems and books you wouldn’t necessarily have chosen for yourself or been able to find, but which you will love all the more for it.

Frequently asked questions

General

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Which countries do you ship to?

We only ship to the United Kingdom at this time. You must be resident in the United Kingdom to place an order with us.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is free for all boxes.

Will I get the books in the images?

No, the books in our product images are illustrative only. You’ll receive titles that are aligned with your reading preferences. If you don’t provide preferences, we’ll pick out some great titles for you from a variety of subgenres and periods.

Why can’t I place an order right now?

We’re a small business, so sometimes due to holidays we will close our online store to any new orders or new subscribers. These closures won’t affect any current orders or subscriptions, but it will mean we won’t take on any new orders or subscriptions during that time.

How do I pay?

You can pay by credit or debit card via our secure checkout.

What are the full terms and conditions?

You can view our full terms and conditions here.

Book boxes

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How do you decide what books go into the one-off boxes?
Our historical fiction experts select titles based on your preferences as indicated via your online account. If you have ordered this as a gift and/or don’t fill in the preferences, our historical fiction experts will then choose from among a variety of subgenres and time periods for a great selection of historical fiction.
Can I find out what books will be included in the book boxes before I order?

Nope! The fun of our book boxes is that you’re not going to know exactly what you’ll receive in every box. This means you’ll receive titles you may have never heard of before or thought to pick up, but when we include them in a box, it’s because we think they are a great read that you will love.

What if I already own one of the books in my book box?

Duplication is very unlikely. To help prevent it, in your preferences section you can note any titles or authors you don’t want to be included in your book box. This might be because you already own it, have read it, or don’t like it/their work. This will help us reduce the chance of any duplicates. 

We also keep careful records of books sent to our customers, so you won’t receive any duplicates of books we have sent you previously.

When will I receive my book box order?

We’ll ship your book box within 2 working days from receiving your preferences. This includes both one-off boxes and the first box for subscriptions.

We use the Royal Mail for delivery, and they estimate that shipping will take 2-3 working days. Unfortunately, we can’t be held liable for any delays after the order has been dispatched.

When will I receive my next subscription book box?

We’ll ship your subsequent subscription book boxes every 3 months.

We’ll ship on or before the 15th or 30th of the relevant month, depending on when your original order was placed.

How do I pause or cancel my subscription?

If you want to pause or cancel your book box subscription, this can be done with the click of a button in your online account, here.

We’ll assume you still want to receive any boxes you have paid for but have not yet been shipped. If not, please email us at bookbox@thehistoryquill.com.

Preferences

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How do I update my reading preferences?

In your online account, there is a dedicated section where you can tell us your preferred subgenres and time periods, as well as if there are any specific titles or authors you do not want to see in your boxes. Because our book box service is all about discovering new reads, you must select 2 or more subgenres and 2 or more time periods. 

For your first order, we check your preferences the day after you place your order.

For subsequent subscription orders, we check our customers’ personalised preferences twice monthly. For subscription orders that ship on the 15th of the month, we will be checking updated preferences on the 7th. For orders that ship on the 30th of the month, we will be checking for updated preferences on the 22nd.

For subscribers that update their preferences after their relevant deadline, those changes will be reflected in your next box.

What if I've ordered a one-off box as a gift and don't know what preferences to select?

Not to worry! If there are no selected preferences 24 hours after the original order, we’ll go ahead and pack a great selection of historical fiction from a variety of subgenres and time periods.

Returns

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Can I return my book box?
Yes, you can return your book box. If you would like to return your book box, please email bookbox@thehistoryquill.com. For more information, be sure to refer to our returns policy within our terms and conditions.
What if I only want to return one or a few of the books and keep the others?
Unfortunately, we only allow returns for book boxes in their entirety. The nature of the book boxes is that the titles are surprises. Picking and choosing only particular books will defeat the purpose and quality of our service. If you’re looking for a service that lets you pick and choose the titles you buy, our free emailed book suggestions service is perfect for that. Our book boxes, on the other hand, are for readers who are excited about the surprises in store.

More questions?

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at bookbox@thehistoryquill.com.

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