A Box of Stories helps you discover fabulous authors and amazing books around the world. We curate books with exceptional reviews and ratings, always looking beyond the obvious bestseller. We offer a surprise every single time at unbeatable prices, our algorithm uses reviews from book lovers all over the world to create unique boxes of stories, ensuring your box has books recommended and loved by real readers. No matter how many times you order we ensure that you never get the same book twice.
Our standard mixed and fiction boxes cost only £14.99, whilst our genre specific boxes, such as Crime, Mystery & Thriller cost £21.99 - all of our boxes include free UK shipping. There are savings included with all our subscription offers.
Each box contains four different surprise books beyond the 'obvious' bestsellers, with guaranteed rave reviews found with the help of our algorithm. The minimum RRP of the four books is £30.00.
Yes! Our boxes can be purchased as a subscription delivered as frequently as you would like. Just select subscribe and save when you add to cart to save 10% on every box after your first.
Yes. You can purchase our genre-specific boxes as a one off without a subscription.
That’s part of the surprise! You’ll find out what's inside the box only once you receive it.
Our algorithm curates fantastic books, every box has an average rating of 4/5*, these hidden gems are reviewed by book lovers and bloggers from across the globe.
Currently we offer the following surprise boxes -
1. Mixed Box (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
2. Fiction Box (Mixed Fiction genres)
3. Crime, Mystery & Thriller Box
4. Historical Fiction
5. Light Reads
6. Young Adult
We’re book lovers just like you all, so we definitely want to expand our range as soon as possible. Keep an eye on our social media accounts and sign up to our mailing list to get the latest updates.
We also love hearing from our customers to see what they might like to see in future.
No matter how many times you order we ensure that you never get the same books twice. We regularly get new titles, as our algorithm carefully finds more hidden gems for you and us!
Please use the same email id to order every time to avoid duplicates.
Your box will be sent to you via tracked courier service. Once your box is dispatched, you will receive an automated email with your tracking number, which can be checked on https://www.royalmail.com/track-your-item#/ enabling you to check you delivery status online, or via your mobile.
Orders are usually delivered within 5 working days within the UK, and 10 working days internationally. Due to the current circumstances, deliveries can on occasion take twice as long. Find more details here - COVID19 Deliveries
Once you place an order, we send you and automated email with your order number and transaction details, please check your inbox/spam/junk folder, you would have received a mail from email@example.com
Yes - our boxes make great gifts! When you get to checkout just enter the shipping address, as the address of your desired gift recipient. If you can't decide which box they'd like you can always purchase a gift card so they can choose themselves!
This hasn't happened that often, please note that if the duplicate book received is not supplied by us in one of our boxes, we would not be able to replace or swap it as it kills the purpose of a surprise box. At this point, it is absolutely impossible for us to know which books you have already read.
We have free shipping across the UK, and also ship to Ireland, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Malta, Netherlands & Poland with rates starting from £1.99 - we hope to deliver to more destinations very soon so please reach out with any requests.
International deliveries are temporarily on hold until January 2021
We will be sad to know you would like to cancel the order. Please refer to our return policy for cancellation or returns.
If you need to return your order, please refer to our returns policy
Subscribing, rather than buying a one off box, unlocks your subscriber superpowers. You immediately get 5% off your first box and 10% off all remaining boxes that are part of a subscription, and are able to swap your box at any time to a different type during the subscription. You can also always select how frequently you want to receive your surprise books, pause the subscription if you need a break, and cancel whenever you would like to.
Additional perks include being able to state certain genres and types of books you would not like to receive, and special subscriber only surprises in every third order placed with ABoS. You will also receive an invitation to our exclusive Facebook group where you can discuss these and other books with our community of book lovers!
You will need to create an accountusing the same email address used to place the order. You can then login and access the Manage Subscription page to make changes to your subscription. If you have more than one subscription they will all be shown here.
Go to Manage Subscription and select Products in your subscription. You will then be able to see all available boxes that you can swap to, as well as the recurring subscription price. Any additional valid discounts you have can be applied to your subscription after the swap is made.
Go to Manage Subscription and your Next order date is listed at the top under the name of your box. Select Change date to change the date your next box is prepared. You will receive the box within 5 business days of your selected date.
Go to Manage Subscription and your Order frequency is listed at the top under the name of your box. Select Change frequency and choose to receive your box every 1, 2, 3 or 4 months. If you would like to receive your box more or less frequently, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you out!
Go to Manage Subscription and your Subscription status is listed at the top under the name of your box. Simply select Pause subscription and you will not receive any further boxes until you choose to unpause the subscription.
We would hate to see you go, but you can cancel at any time for any reason. Please email us at email@example.com and we'll get your subscription cancelled for you.
Once you have an active subscription, you will receive an invitation to identify a maximum of two genres you do not enjoy. When creating your box we’ll try to keep out any books that meet these criteria! If you already have an active subscription and don’t receive your invitation with any order placed after 5th November 2020, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send it your way.
We keep a record of every book we send your way, so rest assured you won’t receive a duplicate book from ABoS as long as you always place your order using the same email address. All our books are picked from amongst the best of the undiscovered, and not only do our readers love them, but they have also usually not heard of them. However as an added option, once you place your order you will also have the option to share your Goodreads shelves of read books so we don’t send you any of those either!
These special subscriber-only rewards are our way of saying "Thank You!" for supporting our mission in saving amazing books from being lost and pulped. Every time you are about to receive your third order from ABoS, we’ll send you an email letting you know what delightful reward is heading your way in our exclusive box of happiness, from an additional free book in your box to savings of up to 50% off. Keep your eyes peeled for these and discover more closer to the time!
In case you were supposed to receive a reward in your box we will have emailed you in advance. Should your next eligible order be a gift card, don’t worry, you won’t miss out! Just email us at email@example.com and we’ll pop your gift into the next box headed your way.
Yes, as part of our subscriber superpowers package, the only way to get the rewards is to be an active subscriber. However if you place additional orders these will count towards your boxes so you don’t have to worry about missing out!
Do you have an active subscription? If yes, then we’re so sorry something went wrong. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort it out for you right away!
Each year, 77 million books don’t make the shelves. Even the best ones.
Our algorithm goes through thousands of reader reviews to find the very best books for your surprise box.
We pack all these brilliant books into boxes and deliver them to you, one surprise box at a time.
Every box you buy saves 4 hidden gems from being lost forever.
Save up to 48 books per year by subscribing to our book subscription.
I just started reading my first book today and I am thoroughly enjoying it! The best thing about this subscription (besides the excellent value for money) is that it enables you to try books that you would never usually pick for yourself. I would highly recommend this service!
Brilliant just what I need in my life!
A monthly dose of quality books picked at random which intensified the satisfaction as the fact I don’t know what each box will bring is a real thing of beauty- it’s like having a secret friend that treats me with a box of stories some fact some fiction that I enjoy immensely
- Mickaella Robinson
I ordered on the 21st of December, and the box came in time for Christmas. Mind you, it was a present for me so it wouldn’t have mattered! The books were recent and also I’d heard of two of the authors which I hadn’t expected! Emma Donoghue for example. Very pleased with the selection, and they are all books that I definitely will read although obviously I can’t say yet whether I will enjoy them! Easy to use website, quick delivery, great idea.
- Sam P
My mum loved the selection and has nearly finished the first book already
- Joanne McCombie
I'm so happy with my box of books this month! I was sceptical at first but I'm really excited to read these. Thank you :)
Absolutely love the surprise of the books every time I receive a box. I never know what sort of thing I’d like to read so this company make it easy for me! Love discovering new authors and genres.
- Heidi Amy Phillimore
You are coming up with some really interesting books that I wouldn't have discovered, in many ways very different which is another good feature. Just had my third box.Even if you think, not a topic for me, they are well written and interesting and broadening.
Amazing! I ordered a box of 4 fiction books as a one off to try out and I was so happy with it! The books are all excellent condition (brand new) and they are ones I have never read before but all sound really interesting. It came packaged well, everything was secure in the box and it came quickly I felt. It put the biggest smile on my face when it arrived!
I will most definitely be subscribing to this box in the future :)
- Mrs. Green
The books are a really good quality. Some are ones I'd choose but most are books I would not give a second look, but reading them they are really good. They choose better for me than I would myself. Excellent service and quality..would highly recommend.
- Margaret Bailey