Shelter supporters enjoying reading together

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Challenge your thinking, share your thoughts, and make a difference.

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Do you like to read? Would you like to meet like-minded people who want to make a difference in the world? Then our Shelter Book Club is the place for you!

For as little as £4.99 a month, you will get:

  • exclusive access to author question and answers (Q&As), and exclusive content
  • two book recommendations every six weeks
  • access to our online community of other members
  • a chance to get involved in open discussions and have your say
  • discounts and promotions
From left to right, authors Afua Hirsch, Luan Goldie, and David Nicholls.

What can I expect?

You can sign up to the Shelter Book Club for just £4.99 per month. We’ll send you a link to our online community, where you can get to know other members, chat about books you’d like to read and much more.

Every six weeks, we will start two new books – one recommended by us, around the theme of social justice, and the other chosen by our members around any theme. We'll have virtual discussions about the books as we read them. Towards the end of the six-week cycle, we'll have our Book Club meetings via online chats and video calls (usually on a Thursday evening).

You’ll also get special access to the authors we cover, and exclusive content around the books! Plus, if you’re struggling to pick just one or two books, there are no limits – everything is there for you to engage with as much as you’d like.

Join us today!

Join our fight against homelessness

By joining the Shelter Book Club, you’re also joining our fight against bad housing and homelessness – from the comfort of your own home!

Your monthly membership will help families like Georgina’s, a 28-year-old teacher and mother to young Oliver. When Oliver was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age three, Georgina had to give up work to become his full-time carer. She struggled to find somewhere to live, because she got housing benefit – and when she found a flat, it was infested by rats.

No one should have to deal with that, especially a single mother of a seriously ill child.

But your monthly contribution will help us continue to push the government to increase social housing, so that families like Georgina’s can find somewhere to call home.

Georgina and Oliver laying together in bed, reading a book and smiling at each other.

A taste of what’s to come

Here’s a taste of what we have read so far, and an idea of the kinds of book recommendations you can expect from our Book Club, and some feedback from our existing members.

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I’m thrilled to be a member of the Shelter Book Club, and to be able to combine my love for books with my desire to help people who are struggling with bad housing and homelessness. I’m especially looking forward to hosting a discussion with members and discovering new book recommendations from the community.

David Nicholls, author and Book Club member

I was so pleased to see the Shelter Book Club, the melding of two passions of mine: books and vocalising the massive injustice that we still have to fight for safe and adequate housing in 2020, something which should be a given, a universal human right. I’m so pleased on a personal level to be a member of the book club, and professionally to work with Shelter on bringing authors and books to the club, provoking debate and conversation.

Jess Gulliver, Little Brown Publishing and Book Club member

I've been looking for a virtual book club for a while, and Shelter has filled that space. I'm proud of my fellow members already by selecting Black Lives Matter positive books and supporting black authors and hopefully in the future we can move towards educating ourselves around the housing crisis in the UK.

Kim Dennis, Book Club member