Important Announcement – Covid-19

Dear friends…

In light of the current situation with covid-19, and the advice from the government, the physical shop is now shut.

However, we’re going to try and continue with postal orders for as long as we can!

But first things first, some health and safety announcements:

All Book Hive staff will, of course, be taking all necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus – including washing our hands regularly with soap and sanitiser, and wiping down doorhandles, surfaces, shelves, packaging…

Please note that while the virus does live on some surfaces for days – like plastic, for example – it is short-lived on paper and card. This is good news for books (and our paper packaging).

With that out of the way… We want to make sure you can still get a book while stuck at home!

So, we are offering…

Free postage on any order to anywhere in the UK (please allow at least 48hrs).

Self-isolation reading packs. Choose a theme (fiction, poetry, non-fiction etc), tell us about books you like, and we’ll send you a 5 hand-picked books (just £45, free p&p).

An isolation lucky dip! You place an order, we send you a book. That’s it. We don’t even ask for your reading tastes – we just send you a briliant paperback (the only picking criteria being one of the Book Hive staff has read it – and loved it). Every order includes a £1 donation to Sir Norman Lamb’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.

Book Explorer activity packs! Ideal for the kids while they can’t go to school… Choose a theme, and we’ll send you a book – plus an adorable iron -on patch, and an activity sheet. Once your children have read the book and used it to complete the wacky activities, you can award them the badge! Just £10 (or £50 for the super mega pack covering all 6 themes!)

You can place an order easily; simply:
Ring us on 01603 219268, or
Email us with, or
Send us a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter., or
Use our website (reading packs, subscriptions and vouchers only)

This is going to be a very tricky time for all businesses – small, independent businesses in particular. With that in mind, there are a number of ways you can support The Book Hive, even from afar, if you feel so inclined:

Buy our Propolis Pack (one of our self-isolation reading packs)For just £40,pick any 5 titles that we have published (Propolis is the Book Hive’s indie imprint) and we’ll send them to you, free P&P.

Subscribe one of our Book Hive Year packages, and treat yourself or someone else to a whole year of hand-picked books (one a month, sent to your door).

Join our membership scheme for just £10 a month. There are loads of great benefits, including discounts on all purchases, which will apply to anything ordered remotely!

Buy Book Hive gift vouchers for yourself, friends, family, colleagues…  We can post them to you, or deliver them, and they are valid forever!

Start a ‘book tab’ with us. This is a new idea – if you’d like, you can ring us and add some credit to a store account. Keep topping up over the next few weeks to help us with cash flow, and we’ll keep a record of your ‘tab’. When things settle down you can spend all your credit in a post-self-isolation book buying bonanza!

It goes without saying that we’re not the only ones in a bit of a bind. Please do whatever you can to support other local small businesses – even just reaching out to see what you can do will give them a much-needed lift.

And – if there is anything else we can help you with please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts and these emails for more updates – we have a few more ideas up our sleeves that should keep you entertained during this troubling time.

Take care!
See you soon…
The Book Hive

01603 219268