Sir Michael Palin, CBE

As a writer and traveller, I think everyone should be able to open a window on the world through books. It’s incredible how lives can be transformed through access to books.

One of the things I’ve found on my journeys is the thirst to learn more about the world, and this is one sure way to help people get more out of life. Thanks to the Reverse Book Club members, Book Aid International sends around one million brand new books to libraries around the world every year.

A donation of just £6 a month could provide a school in a refugee camp with 36 books in the space of a year. Each one will be read over and over again.

Join the Reverse Book Club today

Your monthly gift will put books in the hands of those who need them most

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Reverse Book Club work?

The Reverse Book Club allows book lovers to support people around the world who don’t have access to books. As it costs around £2 to select, pack and ship each book, a monthly donation of £6 helps send three books every month.

How is my money spent?

Donations from Reverse Book Club members help cover the costs of sourcing, storing, selecting and shipping books to over 25 countries. We have strong relationships with the UK publishing industry, so all of our books are donated free of charge.

What will I receive in return?

You won’t receive any books! But if you opt in to communications from us, you will receive newsletters featuring stories of the people who use the books you help to send. You can tell us how you want to hear from us when you sign up.

What types of books are sent?

We only send brand new, up-to-date, relevant books. Over half are children’s books to help children discover the joy of reading. We also send leisure reading books for all ages, vocational titles, higher education books and medicine and healthcare texts.

Who is going to receive my books?

We send books to libraries in schools, refugee camps, communities, prisons and hospitals in some of the world’s most marginalised and poorest communities, where there are no or very few books.

Why don’t you donate books to individuals?

We want as many people as possible to benefit from the books you help to send. A book in a library can be enjoyed by many readers, leaving a lasting impact on the communities we reach.

Still have questions?

Contact us or read our full FAQ.