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What is ShelterBox Book Club?

ShelterBox Book Club is made up of members all around the country, who all share the love of a quality read.

Each member can vote on the next book – a shortlist of 3 books carefully selected by Head Bookworm, who is always on the lookout for compelling stories from around the world and strong characters with depth.

Join the ShelterBox Book Club community today with a monthly payment to ShelterBox, and you can look forward to receiving your own copy of each winning book every 6 weeks, reading along at your own pace and joining the discussion online. 

And with every story you read, you’ll be transforming the lives of disaster-hit families like Modestar's in Malawi, who rebuilt her home after Cyclone Idai washed it away.

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How does it work?

How Book Club works

It couldn’t be easier to join ShelterBox Book Club and start your membership. Here’s how it all works:

  • Join today with a monthly payment – we recommend at least £10 to cover costs and postage
  • Receive a welcome email from Head Bookworm
  • Vote on the next shortlist of 3 books - chosen by Head Bookworm
  • Receive your copy of the winning book through the post every six weeks - and a branded bookmark with your first book!
  • Read along at your own pace - whenever suits you best.
  • Take part in the discussion online - no spoilers!
  • Receive regular news and, updates on how your membership is helping the lives of disaster hit families.

Want to find out more? View the Book Club FAQs.

What have we read?

Here are some of the books we’ve read since starting ShelterBox Book Club.

The books we've read

What our members say

ShelterBox book club supporters

Isabel Allende


ShelterBox book club is the UK’s first charity book club – every 6 weeks you’ll receive a great book, and whilst reading you’ll know your membership is helping families hit by disaster all around the world.

Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Actor, Writer and TV Presenter

If like me, you enjoy travel and books this is a bookclub for you… ShelterBox Book Club features stories from around the world, introducing you to different cultures and life experiences every 6 weeks. And on top of that, these good reads mean good deeds, because your membership also provides shelter for families hit by conflict or disaster. 


Michael Donker

Author and English teacher

I’m thrilled that my debut novel Hold, which moves between London and Ghana, was chosen by ShelterBox Book Club members. The club has featured fantastic authors from all over the globe and I’m so excited to be the first British writer, I can’t wait to read what everyone thinks. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to know more about ShelterBox Book Club? Have a look at the top questions that we are often asked.

For the full list of FAQs please visit our Book Club FAQs.

What kind of books will I receive?

We read stories from all over the world, opening our eyes to new cultures and experiences. We read all sorts of books – modern literary fiction, auto-biographical books – but the twist that makes ShelterBox Book Club unique is that we choose the books because we are inspired by the people who’ve been helped through ShelterBox’s disaster relief work.

What do I get?

The chance to vote on a carefully selected shortlist every six weeks. Your own copy of the winning book through the post – to read when it suits you best. An online discussion forum to share your views with fellow members. Regular news and updates from Head Bookwork. including insights into the lives of real people who are being helped thanks to your membership. 

Can I choose what I get? 

We handpick the three shortlisted books. From there, the book with the highest number of votes is selected – everyone gets the same book.

What happens if I've read the book before?

We handpick the three shortlisted books. From there, the book with the highest number of votes is selected – everyone gets the same book.

Will I be charged for postage?

No, the cost of delivery is included as part of joining Book Club.

Can I buy a gift membership for someone else?

If you have a bookworm in your life who would love to be a member of book club, you are able to buy a gift membership in 3, 6 or 12 month packages. 

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Got more questions?

For the full list of FAQs please visit our Book Club FAQs. 

Alternatively you can visit the ShelterBox Book Club social media pages on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to see what we have been discussing. 

Change lives with every page

Your membership will be helping families like Khadija's, who had to leave everything behind in Nigeria and flee Boko Haram. The family were provided with sturdy materials to build a new shelter, and feel safe again.

ShelterBox is no ordinary charity. We believe that every family has the right to a shelter they can call home. No ifs. No buts.

Join our extraordinary Book Club today and you’ll be helping reach even more families hit by disaster or emergency. 

In 2018 alone, thanks to our supporters we helped over 210,000 people all over the world affected by conflict and natural disasters. See how we've helped people recover.

Your support will help provide vital ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits with emergency essentials, like tents, water filters and solar lights. Find out more about our aid.

Whenever disaster strikes – whether it’s a hurricane, floods or severe drought – your love of a good book will help create real-life stories with a happier ending.

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Stories of recovery

Life as a seamstress in Minawao camp

Esther saw her family getting slaughtered by Boko Haram. She escaped, settling in Minawao camp and becoming a seamstress.

Rebuilding after Cyclone Idai

After Cyclone Idai washed away Modestar's home, she used the aid items she received to rebuild.

Running away from the conflict in Syria

Mohammed had to flee the devastating conflict in Syria to protect his children.