How long will my books take to arrive? (COVID-19 update)

How long will my books take to arrive? (COVID-19 update)

Orders placed for in-stock items and sent using standard delivery should arrive within 3 to 5 working days. Orders placed for in-stock items and sent using first-class delivery should arrive in 1 to 3 working days. You can find out more about the status of your order in the My Account section of the site, via the order update emails we send, or you can email us on Please be aware that these are estimated timeframes and only apply to UK deliveries. For our Australian customers, if the book you order is in stock, we aim to get it to you within 4 to 6 working days. It's a long way to go, but we put the books on a fast plane. Orders with other international delivery addresses could take significantly longer to arrive. We can still get your book to you, but please see below for more information on orders being sent internationally.

Covid-19 update

Due to the impact of Covid-19, we are experiencing some delays in order deliveries.

Books are currently dispatched from our warehouse Monday to Friday. We have a reduced number of people in the warehouse to ensure everyone can work safely, and are seeing some delays in dispatching orders of 24-48 hours.

All our UK orders are delivered by Royal Mail, and with the increased demand on their services, they have informed us that they are seeing delays of up to 5 days.

We are doing our best to keep delays to a minimum. At the moment, the longest delays we are seeing in books arriving is up to a week. This means that a UK premium delivery order may take up to 7 days to arrive, and a standard delivery order could take up to 10 days. If you are waiting for all or part of your order, we'd ask that you hold on for a few more days than normal before contacting customer services. Of course, if you do need help with an order, please contact us by email on

Thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.

As a short-term measure, all books will be posted individually in the interest of worker safety at our book supplier’s warehouse. For a temporary period, if you order more than one book from The Guardian Bookshop, they'll arrive in separate deliveries, one book per parcel.

Overseas deliveries

Some countries are experiencing delays in their delivery systems. For the most up-to-date information, please see the Royal Mail's international delivery page for more information.

Thank you for your patience, and our apologies if your order is a little slower than normal reaching you.