HESPERIDES

A new type of book club

A beautifully crafted book delivered to your door each month

Experts to guide you through the reading

Access to a subscriber only forum with the ability to create private discussion groups

ABOUT

Hesperides is a new type of book club. Each month a short, interesting, beautifully crafted book is delivered to your door. And each month a recording is released of an expert guide talking you through it.

We provide an eclectic cultural education. After that, how you use Hesperides is up to you!

Lucy’s book club joined Hesperides to improve their in-person meetings. She finds that now they talk less nonsense, and mostly all read all of the books…

John and his book club joined Hesperides and have established a lively private forum, where they discuss literature and organise meetings. He finds it particularly useful for those moments when he is afflicted by l’espirit de l’escalier.

For Freddie, the general forum provides something of a sanctuary away from the rest of the internet. There he can talk about books with like-minded people from across the world. He has learnt a lot and become more confident expressing his ideas.

Kim is active on the main forum. In addition, she is a member of two private groups. One with friends she met as a member of Hesperides and another through which she keeps in touch with her friends from school.

FAQ

There is no right or wrong way round. Some people like to read the book first and draw their own conclusions, before using the tutorial to help them reflect on and refine these. They might want to return to the book to read it or parts of it again. Others listen to the tutorials first and think it helps them get the most from their reading. Of course, your preferences might vary from book to book. For example, if you start a book and find it in some way hard to fathom it might be worth listening to a tutorial first.

There are no gimmicks – our model is a simple, proven method for getting the most out of reading. Versions of the model have a long-established history in top universities. Many works, especially older ones, that are entertaining, illuminating and beautiful become more so when taught and subsequently discussed.

No! So if you miss a month or two, there’s no need to worry; it is not like missing part of a lecture series. We try to juxtapose the books interestingly, but the only criteria according to which they are chosen is that they should make you a little bit wiser and your life a little bit better. This throws up classics and lesser-known works from a variety of genres.

We host discussions on a forum accessible only to members of the book club. When you sign up, you select a username and password that will grant you access to it. Once on the forum you can participate in the general area, which is open to all members. You can also create private groups. For instance, you might have one for colleagues and one for friends you grew up with. But not all discussion has to take place on the forum. In addition, you might want to discuss the books on a video calling platform or in a real life book club.

We put a great deal of work into trying to make the books as beautiful to hold and look at as possible. This means carefully selecting everything from paper to font to layout to manufacturing methods. Conventional book publishers are often conservative when it comes to book design, we aim to be more ambitious.
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Prize Essays

It’s only a bit of fun, but it’s worth £250.

Members have the opportunity to submit essays to a competition each month. The topic of the essay must be that month’s book, but the response may take any number of forms. It could be personal, exploratory, academic, and more besides. The forum is a useful place to workshop your attempts by asking other users for feedback.

The winning author will receive £250 prize money, and the top three essays will be printed on the website. At the end of each year winning entrants will have their work published in a book which will be available to members.