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“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!

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

Our stories are loved worldwide, and a subscription will ensure you never miss an issue or, more importantly, a serial instalment!

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

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The People's Friend artworkThe People's Friend artwork
Illustrated by Kirk Houston

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

Recently celebrating 8000 editions, “The People’s Friend is loved around the world.

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.

It’s evolved through the years to reflect changing times, but the family values at the heart of the “Friend” have remained throughout. “The People’s Friend” publishes more fiction than any other women’s magazine and has championed new writers since day one.

Each issue offers terrific serials and carefully chosen short stories. Accompanied by the unique artwork of J. Campbell Kerr, “The People’s Friend” is instantly recognisable across the world.


Great Reasons to Subscribe to The People's Friend

A week’s worth of quality fiction

Carefully chosen by experts at the "Friend”, each issue offers a week’s worth of memorable fiction. Enjoy period romance, modern tales, cosy crime and more with seven quality, feel-good stories and two exclusive serial instalments. Subscribe today to ensure you never miss an instalment of the latest serial!

Expert features

Look forward to easy-to-follow recipes, crafts and the very best expert health, 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 crafting skills, recent entries include a stylish tank top, cosy hot-water bottle cover and a cute amigurumi (3D crochet) kitten!

Enjoy beautiful illustrations

The “Friend” is instantly recognisable thanks to its beautiful illustrations from J. Campbell Kerr.

Capturing iconic locations and hidden gems, each weekly cover feature sets out to discover a charming corner of the UK, offering essential insight into the local history, places to visit and 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'll want to return to year after year!

Direct to your door

Subscribing to “The People’s Friend” means your weekly copy will arrive through your or your recipient’s letterbox before it hits shop shelves. 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 world’s longest running women’s magazine, bringing you feel-good quality fiction every single week.

Each issue is packed with seven brand new short stories, two serial instalments, inspiring recipes and craft ideas, and the best health, gardening and travel advice.

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.

Subscribe and join our community today!

Stuart Johnstone, Editor

Support your favourite read with a great-value subscription direct from the publisher, ensuring that you do not miss the latest serving of quality, engaging content.

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

Monthly Direct debit*: £4 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.

Quarterly Direct debit*: 12 issues for only £16, then £23 every 3 months, available to recipients within the UK when paying by Direct Debit. For UK bank accounts only.

One year = 50

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