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Making A Purchase

Making a purchase could not be easier. Just browse our catalogue, and click on the add to cart button of any items that you wish to buy and click the confirm button to put them into the shopping cart. After you have finished your selection, click the checkout button and you will be asked for a few details that we need to be able to satisfy the order.

please avoid using your browser "back" button whilst in the checkout as it may cause errors in the order process

We accept payment online by Visa Debit, Visa Credit, Mastercard, Maestro, JCB and PayPal*

*We do not use PayPal's checkout so you will not see a PayPal button as such. All our online payments are processed by WorldPay and the PayPal option is presented as an alternative to card payments in the WorldPay checkout

You can also place an order and pay offline:

At the checkout, select "send card details by phone" and follow the instructions on screen. Your chosen book(s) will be reserved for 7 days, pending receipt of payment. If payment is not received within this time, the order will be cancelled and the book(s) placed back on sale.



Shipping And Handling

Shipping charges are not included in the prices displayed with the books.

(Click on the "delivery info" tab to get information on prices for individual items)

All delivery charges quoted on this site are based on Royal Mail prices and include postage and packing.
Delivery costs are calculated when the order is placed, based on the total weight of the order including all packaging.
It may be necessary to split some deliveries into multiple packages. We will inform you if that is the case.

For further information see Delivery Schedule below.

Delivery Schedule

We aim to despatch your books within two working days of receipt of your order.

Please allow up to 7 days for delivery, although delivery times will generally be shorter.

Times are approximate, and not guaranteed. Guaranteed, timed services are available if required.

All delivery charges quoted on this site are based on Royal Mail prices and include postage and packing.
For large orders, cheaper alternative options may exist. We are unable to quote these prices directly as many of them involve volumetric shipping and it is not possible to estimate the size and weight of parcels, especially where multiple books are ordered.
If you would like us to check for alternative methods of despatch, please ask before placing the order.

Excess Weight Orders:
If your order was rejected because it exceeded the allowed weight, please contact us for a revised shipping cost.

Please contact us for further information.

Back Orders

If for any reason, your chosen book is not in stock, we will let you know.
As most items offered are "one-offs" we can't hold back-orders as such, but we will gladly add items to our wants list.

Tax Charges

There is, at present, no UK tax on books, or secondhand items, so all items are zero rated.

Credit Card Security

Online credit and debit card payments (payment option 1) are securely processed by WorldPay.
No card details are passed to Flyingbooks.

If you choose to send credt card details separately, (payment option 2) your card details will be processed through a standalone desktop terminal, after which your card details are shredded. We do not retain your card details in any form.

Never send payment via e-mail. It is not a secure method of payment and we strongly advise against it.

We take your payment card security seriously and have complied with all the data security regulations laid down by the card issuing companies, such as Visa and Mastercard.

Flyingbooks is fully compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, (PCI DSS).

Please ask if you would like more information on our policies and procedures regarding secure e-commerce and our commitment to it.


All books are secondhand, unless otherwise stated.
Long descriptions are sometimes taken from the book's dust jacket notes, and references to "the present day", "the most complete work ever published" etc. refer to the date of publication, and not the actual date of listing on this site.
Images used are scans, or photographs, of the actual book as listed, (we do not use generic images.) While images are not to scale, they are in proportion height to width, so if a book appears landscape format, then it is in landscape format!
Images are watermarked with the web address: don't worry, the actual copy will not be marked!
Sizes, where shown, are expressed in centimetres, width by height and are approximate.
Terminology used in the descriptions are standard book trade terms. Description of a book's condition may not include minor blemishes such as prices clipped from dust wrappers, small inscriptions etc.
Please see returns policy for further information.

Privacy Policy

Flyingbooks is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into force on 25th May 2018:


We only collect data necessary for the fulfilment of your order, i.e. your name address and contact details, you do not have to register or log in to place an order with us. If we share information with a third party, such as a payment gateway or delivery company, their use of your data will be limited to the purpose of fulfilling your order.
We may need to contact you by telephone, email or other means in relation to your order, for example: notifying you of delivery status, updating you on stock availability or informing you of changes to the order. You cannot opt out of these communications.

Along with, or instead of, placing an order you may have sent an enquiry to us, in which case we will use the information you've provided to respond to and answer the enquiry.

These details may be stored on a secure hard drive and in the form of paper copies, in order to satisfy the legal requirements of HMRC (aka "the taxman")
We do not send unsolicited e-mails, you will not be subscribed to a mailing list or receive any marketing or advertising messages from us. We NEVER share your details with third parties such as Facebook, Google or any other advertising or marketing companies.

We will never use your data in a way that conflicts with your own legal rights and interests.
We will make all reasonable endeavours to ensure that all third parties treat your personal data in a legal and appropriate way.

Cookies are used on this shopping site where they are strictly necessary for the site functionality. They are used to aid navigation, and to keep track of the contents of your shopping cart. If you select the 'Remember Me' option in the checkout, a cookie will be used to remember your details on the device you are using to access the site. You can turn off cookies by blocking them in your browser Privacy settings. If you turn off cookies, you will be unable to place orders or benefit from the other features that use them.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us through our contact us form or by phone on +44 (0) 1604 781054

Returns Policy

We check all books as thoroughly as possible for faults, but if any book fails to live up to its description, please contact us on receipt of your order.

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