American Vogue: Emma Watson & The Love Book app

Emma Watson, photo by Mario Testino

Here is The Love Book app, recommended by American Vogue:

“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 playful design allows you to search by categories—from “In Love” to “Thwarted”—and from full prose (Maya Angelou! Bob Dylan! Shakespeare!) to poems. Who needs Tinder when you have love’s rich literature at a swipe?” American Vogue

Photo: Mario Testino, Vogue


View or download Allie Esiri’s highly acclaimed digital project: The Love Book app for Apple or Android.

Great poems and love letters read by Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Gina Bellman and Helen McCrory

Chart news, Apple’s App Store:

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


A Poem for Every Night of the Year, A Poem for Every Day of the Year, Allie Esiri and The Actors


We are delighted to announce Allie Esiri‘s latest hardback anthologies:

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

The Times poetry books of the year 2017. Also available its accompanying audiobook, read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale. Available in hardback and on iTunes/Audible now and in a CD boxset from November 1 2018.

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

The best-selling new poetry book of 2016, winner of the IBW 2017 Book award: 

“This book will bring a little magic into your day and into your heart.” Helena Bonham Carter

“It is a brilliant idea to divide the year up with a poem for every night…Adults and children should read in the new year with this book and keep going.” The Observer

“Some books become lifelong treasures and A Poem for Every Night of the Year (Macmillan, £16.99), edited by Allie Esiri, will be one of them. A handsome collection, it contains not just classics by T S Eliot and Eleanor Farjeon but modern poems by Maya Angelou and Tony Mitton. It is the best book of its kind since Charles Causley’s,
and a must-have for nine-plus readers.” The New Statesman

Poem jacket, night-time background

Order A Poem for Every Night of the Year  from Amazon here. It is available to ship from sites such as Waterstones, Foyles, Amazon UK, Book depository (with free worldwide shipping) and you can find it at all good independent bookshops.

“A truly awesome collection of poetry in such a beautiful new volume…we are reading it every night.” Plum Sykes, contributing editor American Vogue

 A Poem for Every Day of the Year does exactly what this sort of book should do and rallies the old crowd-pleasers (Housman, Kipling and Hardy make multiple appearances), then makes occasional dashes off the beaten path to take in things such as Imtiaz Dharker’s lovely poem Crab-Apples and even one poem by that gruff bastion of inaccessibility Geoffrey Hill (Ode on the Loss of the Titanic). If you feel as though your life is lacking a bit of poetry, this is an excellent place to start. The Best Poetry Books of 2017, The Times

Allie Esiri’s Poetry Corners at The National Theatre


Friday November 25th, 2016 at The National Theatre: a thousand-strong audience came along to see Allie Esiri and award-winning actors on the Olivier stage for a wonderful evening of readings from A Poem for Every Night of the Year  of some of the joyous, magical, dramatic and humorous poems in this journey through history and human experience. Readers: Samuel West, Giles Terera, Hattie Morahan, Kate Duchene.

A Poem for Every Day of the Year show followed on Friday November 10th 2017 at The National Theatre in The Olivier. Joining Allie Esiri on stage to perform a selection of poems were Simon Russell Beale, Helen McCrory, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Mangan, Adjoa Andoh and Samuel West. The award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell live-drew illustrations of the poems.

This coming November 16th, the show will be Women Poets Through the Ages with Allie Esiri. Chris Riddell will live-illustrate. The cast is yet to be announced. Booking is now open.


The Creator

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 co-creator of The Love Book and iF Poems poetry apps, their accompanying hardback anthologies, and the new volumes  – A Poem for Every Night of the Year and A Poem for Every Day of the Year.

Allie, named ‘The Poetry Powerhouse’ by Tatler magazine, is credited with taking poetry in to the digital age, puts on poetry shows with thousand-strong audiences, creates poetry apps and compiles poetry anthologies. Her apps and their accompanying books are recommended by publications as diverse as American Vogue. The Observer, The Times, Primary Times and The New Statesman. She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Jonathan Ross’s BBC Radio 2 Arts Show, and profiled by amongst others, Tatler and The Sunday Times. She was invited to meet The Queen at an event to celebrate poetry at Buckingham Palace.

Allie has created and hosted poetry events at The National Theatre, The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Hay Festival , The Soho Theatre Oldie Literary Festival and The Sunday Times/Wellington College Education Festival. Autumn 2017 includes The Cliveden Literary Festival October 2017 and The Cheltenham Literary Festival.

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 with readings by the award-winning actors Helena Bonham Carter, Harry Enfield, Tom Hiddleston and Bill Nighy. iF Poems has the honour of being selected as one of Apple’s All Time Favourite Education Apps. It has been chosen by Apple in its What’s New section, as a Staff Favourite and as a recommended educational app in various different categories.  It features in The Sunday Times best apps list, The Spectator’s top ten ibooks of the year and highly recommended by The Times, The Economist and many others. In October 2012 Allie co-edited the accompanying iF book, “iF, A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility”, published by Canongate, which is now in its fifth edition.  Asked about iF Poems, Helena Bonham Carter said “It’s like chocolate for the soul”.

Allie then created The Love Book app, an interactive poetry app, with readings by Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Gina Bellman and Emma Watson. A best-selling app, it has been recommended by Apple and by publications as diverse as American Vogue and The Sun newspaper. The accompanying book is available, published by Square Peg, Random House. In October 2014, Allie, who was on Cheltenham Literature Festival’s Advisory Board, invited Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory to read poems from Allie’s anthology, The Love Book at Cheltenham.

Allie was on The Times/Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival Advisory Board,  was The Chair of Save the Children’s Secret Winter Gala from 2013 -2015 and sits on the UK Children’s Poetry Summit.

iF Poems app: “

The iF book: “iF, A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility

The Love Book app: “

The Love Book cloth-bound anthology: “The Love Book

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

A Poem for Every Day of the Year



The Actors

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena-Bonham-CarterHelena Bonham Carter reads poems on The Love Book app, iF Poems app and the audiobook of A Poem for Every Day of the Year. Helena Bonham Carter has become a household name after starring in an extraordinary number of hit movies. She 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. In October 2015 she appeared alongside Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep in the acclaimed movie, Suffragette. And in 2016, she reprised her role as The Red Queen in Alice Through The Looking Glass, opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Sacha Baron-Cohen. She is soon to be seen in Oceans 8, alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.

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). Coming up next Emma will be on the big screen in Colonia, Regression and Beauty and The Beast. 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 came in to record in November. She read wonderful poems and prose from Shakespeare’s Juliet to her own favourite, Rumi.

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). Brilliant as Roper in the BBC/AMC TV adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager (2016), he also appears as Hank Williams in the biopic, I Saw The Light. 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 is about to film the third series of his current hit TV show, Billions. 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. Damian (and his wife) Helen McCrory (below) did a two-person show, with readings from The Love Book, at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, to a packed house of 2000 fans who laughed, cried and fell a little bit more in love with them both and the brilliance of great verse.

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 as Narcissa Malfoy, and in the 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). In the last couple of years she has appeared, to great acclaim as Medea and in The Deep Blue Sea 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. Next up, for NBC America, Gina will star in their much-anticipated new series, Emerald City. When asked to discuss her involvement in The Love Book App, Gina said the app was a ‘wonderful marriage’ of technology with ‘the intimate emotion you feel through poetry’.


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.


Observer review for A Poem for Every Night of the Year


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Adults and children should read in the new year with this book and keep going.

A fabulously rich anthology! Book pick of the Month!


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A Poem for Every Night of the Year Written by Allie Esiri              Lovereading4kids Price £13.59 RRP £16.99 saving £3.40 (20%) This title is in stock Add to BasketCompare book price Download an extractAdd to wishlistShare this book The Lovereading4Kids comment Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the … Continue reading

Put your phone down and pick up this instead!


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Great recommendation for A Poem for Every Night of  the Year from the award-winning site Get The Gloss   WELLBEING THE BEDSIDE TABLE READ THAT COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO YOUR MOOD September 16th 2016 / Anna Hunter / 2 comments … Continue reading

Judging the CLPE Poetry Prize


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Allie Esiri: I was honoured to be one of the judges, alongside the chair Roger McGough and the writers Tony Mitton and Tony Bradman, of the all-important CLPE Poetry Award – the only UK prize for a book of poetry … Continue reading

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


4 years ago 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


4 years ago 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.


5 years ago 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


5 years ago 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


5 years ago 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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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



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Android 4.0 and above

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

Where can I buy ‘A Poem for Every Night of the Year’?

The new hardback anthology, A Poem for Every Night of the Year is available at Amazon UK and at all good UK bookshops. Amazon ships overseas.

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.

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!