Privacy Notice

We take your privacy seriously. The following Privacy Notice will help you to understand what information this website retains, what we do with it, and how we protect your browsing experience and all personal data that you provide to us.

The Data Protection Act & General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): When we use your personal data, we are regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom) and we are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal data for the purposes of the GDPR. Our use of your personal data is subject to your instructions, the GDPR and other relevant UK and EU legislation.

Purpose:  There are three purposes for collecting information:

1)To respond to your message sent through our contact form, for which we require your name, email address and your message.

2) To respond to your request to email you a monthly newsletter for which we require your name and email address.

3) To respond to your request to purchase a book from the website, for which we require your name, address, telephone number and email address.

Legal basis – Consent:  By providing this website with your personal data you are giving clear consent for us to process your personal data for a specific purpose or purposes.  This purpose is either to receive our monthly newsletter by email and/or to purchase a book from this website.

Period for which data will be stored: 

1) With respect to the mailing of a monthly newsletter, your data will be stored for as long as you wish to continue receiving the newsletter. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us through our Contact Form on this page:

or by emailing

2) With respect to purchasing one or more books, your data will be stored for as long as necessary to process your order and to send you an electronic receipt of purchase via email. Your details are stored securely in the interim and are permanently deleted 30 days after we receive electronic confirmation that your purchase(s) have been delivered and signed for.

We do not collect nor hold payment information.

What information about you do we collect? This website collects your name, email address, your message and your telephone number (if you choose to provide this) from our Contact Form which is located on the Contact Ann Shakespeare page. This information is used to respond to your query and not for any other reason. The details you provide to us through the Contact Form will not be added to our Mailing List unless you ask us to or agree to a subsequent request from us in this regard.

This website also collects names and email addresses from our Mailing List subscription form, which is located in the footer of our website. By subscribing to our Mailing List, you are by definition asking us to provide you with updates as and when such updates become available. Currently, we send out updates on a monthly basis, as specified on our website. We will send you such updates to the email address you provide to us. The information you provide to us is stored securely on our MailChimp facility. MailChimp’s Privacy and Terms can be reviewed here:

You can cancel your Mailing List subscription at any time by contacting us through our Contact Form or by emailing or by clicking on the “unsubscribe from this list” link at the foot of the monthly newsletter.

Data is also collected by Google Analytics – see our Cookies Policy, here.

The website also collects your full name, postal address, email address and telephone number and any message you may add regarding delivery when you purchase an order from the website.

Payment is made through Paypal. You can view Paypal’s terms and conditions here  and its privacy statement here.

Disclosure to third parties: The information you provide us through this website will never be shared with third parties, other than Royal Mail, without your express and prior consent.

Your information, your rights, including your right to withdraw consent: Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018, you can withdraw consent at any time. You can access and receive the information that you have provided to us, correct or update it, restrict its use, object to us storing it, ask to have it deleted, or complain to a supervisory authority such as the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

Automated decision making: This website offers no automated decision making.  All decisions are made, and will continue to be made, personally and confidentially by staff working on this website.

Data Protection Officer & Contact: If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or want to exercise your rights set out in this Privacy Notice, please contact Ann Shakespeare by:

email, addressed to ; or

post, addressed to Ann Shakespeare, 13a Addison Crescent, London W14 8JR

Updates: We will update this Privacy Notice when necessary to reflect customer feedback and changes in our products and services. When we post changes to this statement, we will revise the “last updated” date at the top of this Notice. If the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, an email notification of Privacy Notice changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Notice in an archive for your review.

External Links and Third Party Services: This site contains links to third party websites and services, namely, Paypal and MailChimp. Please remember that when you use a link to go from this to another website or you request a service from a third party, this Privacy Notice no longer applies. We do not monitor, control, or endorse the privacy practices of any third parties and your browsing and interaction on any other websites, or your dealings with any other third party service provider, is subject to that website’s or third party service provider’s own rules and policies. This Privacy Notice applies solely to personal information collected by us through our Service and does not apply to these third party websites and third party service providers