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We quietly released a test version of The Love Book app at the end of August.
The App went viral and these are the download stats for the iPhone App store, Books section:

NUMBER 1 Top Paid App: UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada
NUMBER 2 Top Paid App: USA
NUMBER 3 Top Paid App: China

From William Shakespeare to Richard Curtis, Alfred Lord Tennyson to Bob Dylan, here is love in all its many glorious and unpredictable forms. Whether passionate or platonic, parental or full of pain, tragic or funny, thwarted or blossoming, The Love Book is for all those who have ever experienced love for another human being.


Featuring readings by Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Gina Bellman and Helen McCrory of great literature, both familiar and lesser-known, the app allows users to make and share recordings of their favourite works – a truly interactive reading experience.

Illustrated by acclaimed graphic artist Kate Moross.

10% of all sales will go to the charity Save the Children, who help and support families all over the world.


The Love Book app is available now, worldwide through your App Store. £1.99.

The Actors

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena-Bonham-CarterHelena Bonham Carter has become a household name after starring in an extraordinary number of hit movies. She recently won the BAFTA for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her portrayal of the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech (2010), and is a two-time Academy Award Nominee. She has been featured in cult classics including Fight Club (1999), A Room with a View (1985), and the recent box-office blowout Les Misérables (2012). Her other film-roles have included Bellatrix Lestrange in the hugely popular Harry Potter franchise, the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). In 2012, she was awarded a CBE for services to drama.

Emma Watson

Helena-Bonham-CarterEmma Watson launched her career as a young actress playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. She has since proved herself further by choosing eclectic roles in films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Bling Ring (2013) and Noah (2014). Emma discovered The Love Book app and tweeted us saying “@Allie Esiri so unbelievably obsessed with the lovebook app!such a lovely thing,thank you for putting this out into the world.#poetrylives” Soon after we had a call asking if Emma could come in to read on The Love Book app. So Emma can in to record in November. She read wonderful poems and prose from Shakespeare’s Juliet to her own favourite Rumi. We have more of all the actors’ audio which will be released soon.

Tom Hiddleston

tom-hiddlestonTom Hiddleston is now best known for playing Loki in Marvel Studios’ blockbusters Thor (2011) and The Avengers (2012), the latter of which has become the third-highest-grossing movie of all time. He is set to reprise the role in the sequel to Thor, Thor: The Dark World. He also featured as F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Oscar and Golden Globe winning film Midnight in Paris (2011), directed by Woody Allen, and as Captain Nicholls in the Academy, Golden Globe and Bafta Award nominated film War Horse (2011), directed by Steven Spielberg. Before his big-screen appearances, he met with great success as a stage-actor, winning an Olivier Award for his starring role in Cheek by Jowl’s production of Cymbeline (2007). When asked why he wanted to read on The Love Book app, Tom answered, “because I love poetry, and I love poetry about love…all of the trimmings have been stripped away, and really great poets have got to the heart of the matter by using very, very few, brilliant words, to make you feel something, which, for most people, is inexpressible.”

Damian Lewis

damian-lewisDamian Lewis has met with enormous success for his Emmy and Golden Globe winning performance as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the TV show Homeland. Before his starring role in Homeland, he received rave reviews for his part in Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers (2001), which was awarded the Golden Globe for ‘Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television’. He has performed at The National Theatre and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 2005 he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Benedict in the BBC’s modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (2005), written by David Nicholls.

Helen McCrory

helen-McCroryHelen McCrory has acted in several of the most successful film franchises of the last decade, appearing in the enormously popular Harry Potter series Narcissa Malfoy, and in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall (2012), directed by Sam Mendes. She also met with success for her portrayal of Cherie Blair in the Academy Award nominated film The Queen (2006). She began her acting career on the London stage, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her portrayal of Rosalind in David Lan’s production of As You Like It (2006). She has just finished her acclaimed run as Medea at London’s National Theatre. When asked about her involvement in The Love Book App, she emphasized how ‘wonderful’ it was to hear poems spoken, and the need to encourage ‘anything that can promote the speaking of verse’.

Gina Bellman

gina-bellmanGina Bellman is perhaps best known for her role in the award-winning sitcom Coupling (2000 – 2004), written by Stephen Moffat, of Doctor Who and Sherlock fame, and her starring role in Blackeyes (1989). Most recently, she delivered an award-winning performance as Sophie Devereaux, opposite Timothy Hutton in the TNT television series Leverage (2008 – 2012). In 2007, she starred alongside James Nesbitt in Jekyll. When asked to discuss her involvement in The Love Book App, she commented on how the app was a ‘wonderful marriage’ of technology with ‘the intimate emotion you feel through poetry’.

The Team

Allie Esiri photo by Neil Gavin illustrated by Natasha Law

Allie Esiri photo by Neil Gavin illustrated by Natasha Law

Allie Esiri

Allie Esiri is the director of iLiterature Ltd, the creator of The Love Book app and the editor of the hardback anthology, The Love Book (published by Square Peg, Random House UK).

Previously, in 2011 Allie had the idea to make a poetry app, primarily aimed at getting tech-savvy kids to fall in love with the joy of poetry. Allie co-created the iF Poems app, which has 270 of the greatest poems in the English language and brilliant readings by the award-winning actors Helena Bonham Carter, Harry Enfield, Tom Hiddleston and Bill Nighy. It is available for the iPad as iF Poems: “http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/if-poems/id474446630?mt=8

iF Poems had the honour of being selected as one of Apple’s All Time Favourite Education Apps. It features in The Sunday Times best apps list, The Spectator’s top ten ibooks of the year and The Times splashed the app on their front page and asked us at iF Poems to choose the poems for two eight-page poetry pull outs. In October 2012 Allie co-edited the accompanying iF book, which is called “iF, A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility”, published by Canongate. Asked about iF Poems, Helena Bonham Carter said “It’s like chocolate for the soul”.

Allie has talked about poetry in The Sunday Times, been named ‘The Poetry Powerhouse’ by Tatler magazine, seen her apps and books recommended by publications as diverse as American Vogue and The Sun! She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. She has created and presented events at The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Soho Oldie Literary Festival and The Sunday Times/Wellington College Education Festival. In October 2014, Allie, who is on Cheltenham Literature Festival’s Advisory Board, invited Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory to read poems from Allie’s The Love Book at Cheltenham – they played to an audience of 1500, and it was as if nobody could quite believe the humour and power of great poetry.

Allie sits on UK’s Children Poetry Summit, The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival Advisory Board, and she has been The Chair of Save the Children’s Secret Winter Gala since 2013.

Click here to see the acclaimed book: “iF, A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility

See the links above for The Love Book app  and the book.


The Love Book, some videos.

Helena Bonham Carter reads The Forward Prize nominated poet Michael Symmons Roberts’s beautiful poem, ‘The Vows’ , which was originally commissioned by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy on the occasion of Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.

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Android 4.0 and above

Currently the app only supports Android 4.0 and above. Please update your software.

Download unsuccessful message on Google Play

This advice is from Google Play:

If you receive a “Download unsuccessful” message when attempting to download an app, try the following troubleshooting steps to resolve the issue:

For paid applications, confirm your credit card information is up to date by signing in to your Google Wallet account.
Clear the cache of the Google Play Store app(visit Settings > Applications > Clear cache).
Restart your device, then try downloading the app again.
Wait 10 minutes, and try your download again.
Confirm there is connectivity to either a wireless or cellular network on your device, and contact your service provider if you aren’t connected.
Ensure there’s enough space on your device for the app to install.
If none of the above steps work, try remounting your SD card.
Visit Menu > Settings > Storage > Unmount SD card; then remount the SD card from the same menu by selecting Remount SD card, or restart the device if the remount option isn’t available.

A Download from The Google Play website never started

More advice from Google Play:

If a download you requested from the Google Play website never started on your device, please try the following troubleshooting steps:

Your device must be connected to a wireless or a cellular network – please don’t use USB or any other physical connections (contact your service provider if you aren’t connected).
Try the download with both wireless and cellular network connections, and ensure firewalls aren’t blocking access to ports required for Google Play (TCP and UDP 5228).
Make sure your device is logged into Google Talk by following these steps:
Go to your device’s app launcher, and press the Talk app.
If you’re already signed into Talk, press Menu, and then touch Sign out.
Launch Talk again to sign in.
Ensure that your device has at least 20 megabytes of space available for installation. If necessary, try uninstalling some existing applications or moving them to your SD card.
To move apps to your SD card, visit Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage applications > select an eligible app > select Move to SD card (if available – note that not all apps can be moved to the SD card).
Try requesting the download again using the Google Play app from your device.
If unsuccessful after attempting these steps, please contact our support team, and we’ll be happy to investigate further.

Who can help me resolve Google Play issues?

Google, your mobile carrier (and/or internet service provider), your device manufacturer and third-party app developers all play a role in making Google Play work, so it’s understandable that you may not know where to turn for help – here are some guidelines.


Here are some common questions that the Google Play team may be able to help you with:

Most payment/pricing questions or issues with purchasing
Download errors or stuck downloads (provided they aren’t caused by connectivity problems)
Using the Google Play Store app or Google Play on the web
Finding apps on Google Play

Individual app developers

Once the app (free or paid) has been successfully downloaded and installed on Google Play, the individual Android app developers (the person or group of people who actually make the app or game that you’ve downloaded) take it from there. If you’re having trouble with an app force closing, freezing or any other problems, these are things the developer should be able to help you with. Find out what issues third-party developers can help you with.

Your mobile carrier

Sometimes, issues using Google Play are caused by interruptions or issues with your mobile network, so it’s best to contact your carrier to get these issues resolved:

Auto-cancelled direct carrier billing orders
Missing the direct carrier billing option
Downloads that work over a wireless connection but aren’t working over your carrier’s 3G/4G network
Questions about data use or charges
Updates to the Android OS

Your internet service provider

If you have a WiFi-only device, or you primarily use your phone with wireless connection instead of a network (3G/4G) connection, you may need to contact your internet service provider for the following issues on Google Play:

Downloads that work over your carrier’s 3G/4G network, but not on your wireless network
Persistent server errors when using Google Play or sync
Google Play stuck on “Loading”

Your device manufacturer

If you have questions about or issues with the device hardware, the manufacturer of your phone or tablet is the best person to contact. Also, questions about why your deviceisn’t supported for use with Google Play can be answered by the manufacturer.

IOS 7 Apple’s new operating system

An update of The Love Book app is now available to download (free) at the App Store. It is fully compatible with Apple’s new operating system iOS 7. It fixes many of the problem bugs below. This update also fixes the bugs if you are still running iOS6. Please let us know if you find any glitches. Thank you, as ever, for the constructive feedback.

Audio Problems

The app on iPod 3rd Generation is experiencing issues with the audio. We hope to resolve this soon.

Android, iOS, CD, iTunes

The Love Book is presently available both on The App Store for iPhone/iPod Touch & iPad/iPad Mini. and also on Google Play for most Android devices (please update Android software to 4.0 or over and check other notes above). The tracks will be made available at a later date for iTunes and on CD format.

Please use the notification form below and we’ll keep you posted on all timings. Do follow Allie at the Love Book on her Twitter feed @AllieEsiri.

Volume Problems

If you are having problems with the audio, please make sure that your phone is not in silent mode (people using an iPhone or iPad should ensure that the mute button on the side is not enabled). You should also make sure that the volume on your phone has been turned up.

If you’re on an iOS device, and are continuing to have problems, make sure that your device is unlocked, and then try double clicking the ‘home’ button. This should mean that your open applications have appeared in a grey bar at the bottom of your screen. Slide to the left as far as you can. A sliding bar showing the volume should be visible at the bottom of your screen. Make sure that the volume is also enabled there.

If your audio is still not working, that means that there’s either a problem with your device or the app. Please try to ensure that there isn’t a general problem with your device before contacting our help team, but if you think the problem is specific to the app then please let us know.

Tom’s 32 Audio Tracks

There was a technical error when we launched the app: the app released was an early version, with extra Tom Hiddleston audio tracks, and none of Helena Bonham Carter’s. There will be more tracks coming, so follow us at @AllieEsiri and stay tuned!

Play All

There will be a ‘Play All’ function coming in a future update.

Write a Poem

To write your own poem, go to the ‘Faves’ page. There you should be able to see a section called ‘My Love Book (write a poem!)’. Click on this, and a new screen will appear – there is an option to ‘Write’ in the top right hand corner. Click this icon, and then fill the ‘Title’, ‘Author’ and ‘Poem Text’ into the form available.

It’s important to remember to save your work if you’d like to keep it: to do so, you need to click ‘Save’ when you’re finished. As a failsafe, it might also be worth emailing the text to yourself, just to make sure you have a backup copy.

To Share your work, click Save, and you’ll be able to see your poem in the ‘My Love Book’ section. Click on it, and then click ‘Share’ to send it via Mail, SMS, Twitter or Facebook.

Sharing a poem

If you’d like to share a poem, letter or quote, all you need to do is select the text you’d like to send, and click on the ‘Share’ icon at the top of the page. You can choose to send the text via Mail, SMS, Twitter or Facebook.

IMPORTANT: You must have an Internet connection to be able to share via Facebook, Twitter or Mail – if you can’t connect to the Internet, you can still save your email as a draft, but it will not be sent as an email at that time.

Sharing a recording

At the top of each poem, quote, prose extract and love-letter, you will see an icon that reads ‘Record’. Click on this to record your own reading of a text.

Press ‘Stop’ to finish recording. If you’d like to play your recording back to yourself, click ‘Play’. If you’re satisfied with the recording, click ‘Save’: you then have the option of sharing the recording with your friends. If you’re not happy with the recording, you can re-record.

To find your recording, go to ‘Audio’ and click on ‘Read By You’.

It’s important to remember to save your work if you’d like to keep it: to do so, you need to click ‘Save’ when you’re finished. As a further measure, it might also be worth emailing the audio it to yourself, to make sure you have a second copy.

Wi-Fi and 3G

The Love Book app includes options to share your favourite poem, or your own work, via email, Facebook or Twitter. But to be able to do so, your device needs to have an Internet connection: that means ensuring you have a working Wi-Fi. The app is too big to download via 3G, but once it’s downloaded, you can share poems via a 3G connection.

If you’re having problems connecting to the Internet, go into your device’s ‘Settings’ section. If you’d like to use Wi-Fi, first click into the Wi-Fi category and make sure you’ve selected ‘On’.

If you still can’t connect to the Internet, this may just mean that there isn’t a good service where you are: try somewhere that you know has a working Internet connection. If you can connect to the Internet elsewhere on your device, but can’t connect to the Internet via The Love Book app, please let us know.


At the top of the page you are trying to magnify, you should be able to see a button with an ‘A^’ symbol on it. If you click this button, a bar should appear at the bottom of the screen with a ‘+’ and a ‘-’ icon. Click on these buttons to adjust the size of the font: the ‘+’ button should make the text larger, and the ‘-’ button should make it smaller.

Please let us know if you continue to have problems with magnifying on the app.


The app comes with an inbuilt dictionary: if you’d like to look up the definition of any word, simply click on it. An option to ‘Define’ will appear – select this, and The Love Book app’s dictionary will load your definition.

Lucky Dip

On The Love Book app’s home page, you should be able to see an option in the top right corner called ‘Lucky Dip’. This button will select a love-themed text at random from within The Love Book’s App. You can then click ‘back’ to go back to the home page.


The Search function can sometimes take a while as the app searches through all the content. Please bear with it! We are looking into this for a future update.

‘Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away’

Several people have got in touch with us concerning the poem ‘Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away’. On the text it says that it’s by William Shakespeare, but in the audio, Tom Hiddleston says it’s by John Fletcher. We apologize for any confusion caused – strangely, the authorship is disputed, and so is credited to both writers. We promise to clarify this on the next update.

Thanks so much for the feedback, and if you find any mistakes on the app, or anything else that seems confusing, do let us know: we would really love to hear from you!


Books That Changed My Life – interview with Allie Esiri


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Books That Changed My Life An interview in the February 2015 edition of Reader’s Digest.    

Damian Lewis & Helen McCrory in Evening Standard following Allie Esiri Poetry Corner at Cheltenham Literature Festival


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Fun write-up in London’s Evening Standard after Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory took the roof off the 1400 seater The Times Forum at Allie Esiri Poetry Corner event at The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. The event sold more tickets … Continue reading

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory storm The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival


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Yesterday at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Helen McCrory (Harry Potter, Peaky Blinders) took the roof off the 1400 seater The Times Forum The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. They were hilarious and sexy and ridiculously talented, they … Continue reading

Allie Esiri Poetry Corner event featured in Gloucestershire Echo


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http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Game-Thrones-star-Sophie-Turner-plays-Sansa-Stark/story-23064357-detail/story.html The news of Sophie Turner coming to read poems at Cheltenham makes it into The Gloucestershire Echo.

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at Allie Esiri Poetry Corner at Cheltenham Literary Festival


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http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/damian-lewis-and-helen-mccrory/Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at Allie Esiri Poetry Corner at Cheltenham Literary Festival The Allie Esiri Poetry Corner is proud to present Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory reading a story based on the great love poems found in The … Continue reading

Sophie Turner joins Allie Esiri Poetry Corner Family event at Cheltenham Literature Festival


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Allie Esiri Poetry Corner, Family event at Cheltenham Literature Festival with Sophie Turner, Nathanial Parker and Gina Bellman Very pleased to announce that Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) is joining the line-up this Sunday. This will be the first Allie … Continue reading

The Mail on Sunday – The Love Book – their book of the week


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Net-a-Porter calls The Love Book The Must-Read and sells it in Accessories/Books.


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http://www.net-a-porter.com/magazine/235/7 THE MUST-READ: THE LOVE BOOK From Shakespeare to Nick Cave, Allie Esiri’s compendium brings together the musings of life’s most hopeless romantics. Whether you’re in love or broken-hearted, find a match in a lament from Keats or ditty from … Continue reading

American Vogue: Emma Watson & The Love Book app


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“The greatest love poems of all time are now handsomely collected in this digital app—the bonus being that you can have them read to you by celebrated actors such as Emma Watson, Damian Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, and more. Its … Continue reading

Recommended here at The Chicago Sun-Times


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http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/essential-valentines-apps/ The Love Book: Find the best prose and poetry on love in this $2.99 app. And, hear Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter and others reads it out loud. Love poems always sound better with a British accent, no? (Bonus: … Continue reading

The Missouri Review, the esteemed American literary journal reviews The Love Book


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http://www.missourireview.com/tmr-blog/author/carystough/ 4. The Love Book The Love Book takes this same idea of an anthology and blows it out of the water. A compendium of not only love-themed poetry, but prose and love letters, all from famous authors, takes a … Continue reading

Interview with Allie Esiri on the making of The Love Book, what it was like to work with the actors. Wow Now magazine


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The Love Book app, Top Lifestyle App in the hugely successful magazine Woman & Home


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Award-winning actors and comedians Harry Enfield, Ben Miller, Sarah Alexander, Morwenna Banks and Gina Bellman read at Allie Esiri’s poetry event for kids in London, at ilovegorgeous, Primrose Hill. In aid of Save the Children.


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“Leverage meets Homeland!” Gina Bellman, who reads on The Love Book app, stars in the TNT American TV show, Leverage. This was posted on Leverage’s Facebook page.

REVIEW: 20 best iPhone and 20 best Android apps this week – The Guardian


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This app review appeared in The Guardian as both “20 best iPhone and 20 best Android apps this week“.



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Number 3 App in China!


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We are absolutely delighted that the test version of The Love Book App has reached number 3 Top Paid App in the iPhone App Store, Books in China. Thank you for all of your support and wonderful reviews!

Tom Hiddleston Girlfriend 2013: Pretend It’s You! ‘The Love Book’ App


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“A brilliant new app!” Fantastic review.


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Number 1 App!


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We launched a test version of The Love Book on IOS devices to gather feedback to help perfect the app for its October 3rd release. Rather amazingly, thanks to your support and incredible reviews, we have reached number 1 Top … Continue reading

Tom Hiddleston’s tweet


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Tom Hiddleston – @twhiddleston – @AllieEsiri has made a wonderful new app: The Love Book. Poetry read by Helena B-C, @lewis_damian, @Ginabellman, Helen McCrory & me). #love

Our Facebook page has launched!


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We have just launched our Facebook page for The Love Book. Please like us here

Press – September Vogue 2013


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Launch dates for The Love Book App


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The Love Book app officially launches on October 3rd 2013. There will be some sneak previews earlier. The iOS app (that’s the one for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini) will be ready first. The version for Android will follow. Audio tracks will be … Continue reading