Handheld Press sells stories, handpicked stories from the past and the present, because they are remarkable and wonderful. We publish the novels that we can’t put down, and the stories we want to give to our friends as presents. Handheld Press books are beautiful objects, designed and laid out with care. We hope you’ll think so too: please have a look on our pages, and fill your shopping cart high!
Special offers for special days
We’ve got a St Patrick’s Day special offer on Vocations, running all day on Saturday 17 March. And on 19 and 20 March, in honour of Ernest Bramah’s 150th birthday, there’ll be a special offer on What Might Have Been. Put a reminder on your phone and come back to shop!
Coming soon – preorder now
The Akeing Heart, the literary love letters of the year, is causing much interest in the trade, so you’ll certainly be able to find it in your local bookshop, but if you want to be sure of getting your copy on your doormat on 26 March, preorder now, and we’ll do our darnedest to make sure it’s there. Maybe even earlier than that …
Desire by Una L Silberrad, a cracking good novel of Edwardian feminism, romance and drama. How Desire the society girl learned to earn her own living, and save Peter’s business, by taking typing classes. You can read its first review here.
Vocations by Gerald O’Donovan, a strong drama of small-town Victorian Ireland, where girls are groomed for the convent by mothers and priests, but some of them don’t want to go. O’Donovan wrote this novel at the beginning of his secret affair with Rose Macaulay, bringing in his experiences as a former priest.
Praise for our designs
News just in: this review of the Handheld cover designs is full of praise, and we are blushing.
Free p&p for the UK
Following the success of our January sale, we’re now offering free post & packing for orders delivered within the UK (includes BFPO), and a single p&p flat rate for all other regions.
The books we publish
This is what we offer, three kinds of Handheld Press books. When ordered directly from this site, each book comes with its own special bookmark.
All our books are available as ebooks, in MOBI for Kindle and as ePubs. You’ll find the links on each book’s page.
Handheld Classics are reprints of excellent forgotten fiction, novels and stories that deserve a second life. Each one has a critical introduction written by a specialist, in friendly language, explaining the background and holding up points of interest.
Handheld Research tells stories that come out of research passions. Scholars and enthusiasts spend years working on their special subjects, and create painstaking, handcrafted stories about the most remarkable things.
Handheld Modern is about tales of today, modern stories about the present and the future. Science fiction, letters, memoir (but not too far into the past) and visions of the future.
Each Handheld book has been selected for its reading magic. Explore the lists — Classics, Research and Modern, or search for the name you’re looking for. Choose one for yourself and one for a friend. Choose more than one, go on.
Want to talk to us about publishing your story? Please go to the Authors page, and tell us about your project.
We also offer gift wrapping and despatch so you can send presents directly: please look at our Ordering and Delivery page for details.
Book group services
We are delighted to be able to offer a 10% discount and bulk delivery for book groups: email us with the number of books you’d like to order, and where to send them, and we’ll let you know the total price, including the 10% discount on the cover price of the books. You send us the money by Paypal, we trot down to the post office with your box. Easy!
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