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The blurb

Good Book Club is a book subscription that makes it easier for you to read women, gender non-conforming, and queer authors the big mainstream publishers tend to ignore.

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  • Photo of three books. Person holding two books.
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The preface

Since 2021, we’ve been helping bookish folk revolutionise their reading. We were born out of an indie bookshop, because taking over one Bristol high-street wasn’t wide-reaching enough. We wanted to bring feminist-forward indies to anyone who wants to read them but doesn’t know where to look. Now we invite you to reject the algorithm and take your recommendations from us: the readers obsessed with discovering lesser-known gems and amplifying underrepresented voices. Who are we? Glad you asked…

The readers




I’m Cat, founder of Good Book Club. As a lifelong reader, I noticed that I was often picking up the same sorts of stories. Whether I borrowed from the library or browsed indie bookshops, I always fell into the same patterns, seeking out the latest Murikami novel, or exploring the back catalogues of Norah Ephron. On one weekend book browsing trip I picked up a copy of Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri. I noticed the stylised cover was similar to others on the shelf, and, my interest piqued, I discovered Tilted Axis Press. This was the start of my journey into independent publishers, which opened up a whole new world of reading. With Good Book Club, I wanted to bring my discoveries to more readers.

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I’m Tim, co-owner of Good Book Club. Not so long ago, I read exclusively non-fiction. For me, reading was something that was enjoyable, but served a concrete purpose: gathering information. That was until I read Mary Ann Sieghart’s The Authority Gap. I learned that only a small proportion of men read women authors – and even then, they always read the same male-approved writers, and can be reluctant to rate them highly or recommend them. It got me thinking – why don’t I read fiction, by women? And decided to fix it. I’ve been on a mission to turn my reading around ever since, and have been reading almost exclusively fiction by female authors of all backgrounds. With Good Book Club, I hope we can introduce more men to the amazing variety of women writers out there. After all, we’re all in the fight to dismantle the patriarchy together.

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I’ve always been a reader. Ever since I was a child reading has been a passion, but it wasn’t until 2019 when a colleague put Circe by Madeleine Miller in my hands that things changed dramatically. At first I read the book out of a sense of duty. But then I found myself desperate to read more about Greek mythology and feminism and queer lives and African literature and translated literature, and before I knew it I was finishing books within a day or two. My interests have developed over the last five years and now I love nothing more than to read women in translation by indie publishers and nonfiction books about intersectional feminism.

Publishing has a diversity problem

We can’t fix the system, but we can help amplify marginalised voices. That’s why we’re inviting you to reject the algorithm and take recommendations from us – the readers obsessed with discovering lesser-known and under-represented voices.

  • 85%

    In 2019, 85% of the people who acquired books for publishers were White.

  • 36%

    36% of translations to English are from non-European countries

  • 31%

    Less than 31% of books translated into English are by women

  • 95%

    Between 1950 and 2018, 95% of American fiction books published were written by white authors.

The manifesto

We’re proud feminists, but fighting oppression doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Our books are selected to celebrate marginalised voices from all walks of life, and to reflect the reality of what it means to be a feminist in 2024.

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    We are fiercely independent.

    Embracing independence, we reject the algorithm, opting for authentic decision-making.

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    All genders and backgrounds.

    Our books celebrate marginalised voices from all walks of life.

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    Feminist and diverse reads only.

    Our feminism is radically inclusive and intersectional.

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    Indie publishers only.

    For us, reading is an adventure—an exploration of new perspectives and a dive into the depths of curiosity.