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.
Black Friday-to-Monday Sale!
Buy one Classic, get another free!
From Friday 23 November to the end of Monday 26 November, when you buy a Handheld Classic through our website you can choose another one for no extra cost. The rest of the retailing world calls this Black Friday. We’d prefer to call it a Classic Weekend offer, celebrating a year of publishing. Choose your Classics here! Scroll down to the end of the page to see them all, or use the tabs at the side of the green menu.
Order the book you want to buy through the Paypal link on each dedicated book page. (You can pay by Visa with Paypal too, no need for a Paypal account)
When you fill in your name and address, use the ‘instructions to merchant’ box to say which free Classic you’d like as well. Easy! We’ll do the rest. (Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz is pre-order only: to be posted in early January).
So Lucky is out!
Nicola Griffith’s marvellous new novel, So Lucky, the second Handheld Modern, is now published! Read all about it here.
Kingdoms of Elfin is out too!
The reviews for our next Handheld Classic, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin, are simply tumbling in, including one from the Times Literary Supplement: all the links are here. There’s also a free online serialisation of one of the stories at Scottish Field.
Our publishing secrets
We were profiled by Shiny New Books: read all about the secrets of the Handheld editing zone, and what fuels our energy.
Have a Handheld Press Book Party!
If you live in or near Bath & Bristol, and have a hankering for a party for your friends and neighbours, have a Handheld Press Book Party! We will entertain you and your guests for up to an hour with stories about the books that we publish, some readings from the best bits (suited to your interests), and then you can browse and buy at discounted prices. Interested? Please email us to talk about it. It’s a free service, and makes a great book-minded party.
Join our book group!
We’ve also set up a book group: the 20thC Book Group is for readers in the Bath area, reading a fine novel from a different decade of the 20thC each month at the Beaufort Bookshop. Find out more here.
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!
We’re reviewing the accessibility of our books: see Terms and Conditions for more information.
Use Visa with PayPal to shop!
You can buy our books directly from this site using PayPal, and that includes credit cards too. When ordered directly from this site, each book comes with its own special bookmark.
All our books are available as printed books, and as ebooks. Click on the book cover images to go straight to their ordering page, or use the menu at the side.
We also offer gift wrapping and despatch so you can send presents directly: please look at our Ordering and Delivery page for details.
Are you an author?
Want to talk to us about publishing your story? Please go to the Authors page, and tell us about your project.
The books we publish
We’ve organised the Handheld Press into three lists.
Handheld Classics are reprints of excellent forgotten fiction, novels and stories that deserve a second life. Each Classic has an introduction written by a expert in plain English, and extremely useful notes on the text.
Handheld Research tells stories that come out of research passions. Scholars and enthusiasts spend years working on their special subjects to create remarkable, handcrafted stories for you to read.
Handheld Modern books are modern stories about the present and the future. Science fiction, letters, even historical fiction, and visions of the future.
Each of the Handheld books is a marvellous story: we guarantee it. Explore the lists — Classics, Research and Modern — or use the search button for the name you’re looking for. Choose one for yourself and one for a friend. Choose more than one, go on.
Director and energy source for the Handheld Press