The People's Friend Subscription

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Enjoy your first month of "The People's Friend" for only £3!

“The People’s Friend” is the world’s longest running weekly women’s magazine and number one for quality fiction every week. You won’t find as much fiction in any other magazine!

Celebrating its 155th anniversary, "The People’s Friend" has a fresh and exciting new look for 2024 - there has never been a more exciting time to subscribe to one of the UK’s most popular women’s weekly magazines.

Championing creativity, each week “The People’s Friend” inspires readers with expertly chosen short stories brought to life with beautiful illustrations, giving many writers and artists their first break.

Each issue is packed with eleven short stories, recipes and crafts inspiration, the best health and gardening advice and topical features.

Switch off and escape the stresses of everyday life with a subscription to "The People’s Friend" delivered direct to your door.

A subscription to “The People’s Friend” is the perfect weekly treat for yourself, or a gift to brighten a loved one’s day.

Top reasons to subscribe to your new-look “The People’s Friend”

  • Make time for yourself and escape the everyday with 11 wonderful stories each week
  • Enjoy excellent and accessible gardening, craft & knitting guides
  • Discover easy-to-follow cooking recipes
  • Read expert features covering health, wellbeing, travel, nostalgia & more
  • Save on the shop price
  • Early access – get your copy before it hits the shops^
  • Free UK delivery
  • Never miss an instalment of your favourite serial!
  • Spread the cost with our pay monthly by Direct Debit offer

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The world's longest-running women's weekly magazine

Celebrating its 155th anniversary this year, “The People’s Friend" has a fresh and exciting new look for its 155th anniversary. 

The “Friend” first arrived on shelves on January 13, 1869, the same year the Cutty Sark was launched in Dumbarton, making it the world’s longest-running women’s weekly magazine (we’re an official Guinness World Record Holder!) 

It has evolved through the years to reflect changing times, but the family values at the heart of the “Friend” have remained throughout. 

The only weekly magazine dedicated to fiction, “The People’s Friend” publishes over 900 original short stories every year and has championed new writers since day one.  

Each issue offers terrific serials and carefully chosen short stories – an impressive fiction collection sitting alongside expert features covering topics including cooking, craft, travel, health and wellbeing, nostalgia and more. 

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations and imagery, “The People’s Friend” is instantly recognisable around the world. 



Great reasons to subscribe to The People's Friend

Relax with a good read – 11 short stories every issue 

Taking time for yourself is better done with a short story. Carefully chosen by experts at the "Friend”, each issue offers a week’s worth of memorable fiction.  

Enjoy reading 11 brand new short stories each issue, regularly covering genres including period romance, modern tales, cosy crime and more. 

“The People’s Friend” may just be your ideal cup of tea - You can sit down and read a story in the time it takes to enjoy a hot drink! Subscribe today to ensure you never miss the latest serial instalment. 

Expert features

Inside every issue, look forward to easy-to-follow recipes, crafts and the very best expert health, wellbeing and gardening and travel advice inside every issue. The “Friend” Features team know exactly what their readers want to know. 

Unmissable crafting inspiration

Each week, look forward to the latest craft offering from the “Friend”. Enjoy easy-to-follow crafting patterns every week, graded according to difficulty. 

The perfect way to develop your knitting and crafting skills, recent entries include a stylish tank top, cosy hot-water bottle cover and celtic-inspired gold sweater! 

Enjoy beautiful illustrations

The “Friend” is instantly recognisable thanks to its beautiful illustrations. Capturing iconic locations and hidden gems, each weekly cover feature (style refreshed for its 155th anniversary) sets out to discover a charming corner of the UK, offering essential insight into the local history, recommending places to visit and the best spots to grab a bite (or two!) to eat. 

Focussing on different locations each week, illustrations are joined by a carefully curated selection of images shedding light on chosen destinations. In every issue, readers will also enjoy evocative illustrations accompanying the week’s chosen short stories and latest serial instalments. 

Easy-to-follow recipes

Each week, readers can look forward to exciting recipes to try making at home. Often seasonal and extremely hard-to-resist, each chosen recipe in the regular ‘Cookery’ area includes wonderful photographs, difficulty ratings and recommended number of servings. 

Subscribe today and you will soon amass an enviable selection of recipes you will want to return to year after year! 

Delivery direct to your door 

Subscribing to “The People’s Friend” means your weekly copy will arrive through your or chosen recipient’s letterbox before it hits shop shelves. Schedule some well-earned “me-time” with a regular subscription to “The Friend” – the perfect way to escape from the everyday whilst giving your brain and eyes some screen free time. 

You’ll save on shop price and delivery is FREE in the UK. Both UK and overseas subscriptions are available to order as well as a convenient digital offering. 

 



Stuart JohnstoneStuart Johnstone

“The People’s Friend” is the home of great reading. There’s 11 wonderful new stories in every issue, including romance, cosy crime, historical tales and more. There is amazing lifestyle features to brighten your day, with cookery, craft and knitting and health and wellbeing.

And if that’s not enough, there is also nature, nostalgia and touching and inspirational real life. There really is something for everyone.

Just imagine the luxury of having your “Friend” delivered straight to your door. When you subscribe, your magazine will drop through your letter box every week, meaning you’ll never again risk missing that crucial final instalment of a favourite serial, or those recipes that will wow your family and friends.

The People’s Friend is your place to go to make the most of your me-time and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your copy every week, so subscribe and join our community today!”

Stuart Johnstone, Editor



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Publisher of The People's Friend, DC Thomson is a leading media organisation in the UK. Established in 1905, DC Thomson publishes a huge selection of popular magazines and newspapers covering daily news, comics and lifestyle topics.



Your subscription will start 2-4 weeks from first payment (UK delivery).

To check on which issue you receive for your subscription start, visit our subscription calendar. New subscribers will also receive an order confirmation via post/email.

To discuss and manage your subscription start date, call customer services on 0800 904 7260

*Direct Debit offer: £3.00 for your first month followed by £7.50 per month thereafter. Available to recipients within the UK when paying by Direct Debit. For UK bank accounts only. Direct Debit offer for new customers only.

Savings based on the magazine UK cover price. Direct Debit offers available to recipients within the UK when paying by Direct Debit. For UK bank accounts only. New customers only.

^Receive each issue before the shops subscription benefit applies to UK subscribers only.

Offer is only available for new customers. 

One year = 50

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