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Collier Row book lover sends boxes of stories to readers around the world

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 August 2016

The Book Box Club foubders Kate Morris-Double (left) and Libby Harris (right)

The Book Box Club foubders Kate Morris-Double (left) and Libby Harris (right)

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A pair of book lovers have embarked on a venture to deliver to letter boxes around the world each month the latest young adult fiction stories.

Passionate about coming of age novels and heroic characters, the founders of the Book Box Club are keen to share beautiful objects and gritty stories with a growing market of readers.

Libby Harris, 28, of Collier Row and her business partner Kate Morris-Double, 30, from Bath met in a bookshop in the city known for its hot springs and realised the hype for the genre was expanding from teens to young adults.

“We are finding that more and more people are reading young adults fiction at the moment because there are so many brilliant authors and books.

“I love the characters, a bit of teenage angst and the fact there are so many different styles,” said Ms Harris, who works with children with special needs in a school in Barkingside.

Convinced the era of the book is not over and everyone enjoys receiving post, the pair launched an online book subscription which will see readers being delivered the latest young adult fiction publications.

The book, which remains a surprise, comes in a craft box with four gifts linked to the monthly theme.

“Publishers are making books more like beautiful objects to have on a shelves. Along with Instagram (a social platform for pictures) there is a culture of having beautiful things. It’s almost like a lifestyle.”

“That is the market that we are trying to tap into,” she added.

With interest from the US and Europe, the Book Box Club will be made available across the world. Subscribers will also receive access to an online forum, where authors will take part in Q&As sessions and readers can discuss the stories.

The Book Box Club’s first box will be delivered in the first week of September anywhere in the world following the theme of the enchanted forest.

“We are doing a lot of reading at the moment trying to find the best stuff,” said Ms Harris.

To receive your Book Box Club visit here.

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