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 Local Authors 


Anita Roy

Judy Leigh

Kate Hughes

Anita Roy is a Wellington-based writer, editor and environmentalist.

Her latest book, Gifts of Gravity and Light: A Nature Almanac for the 21st Century is available to buy in our shop.

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. 

Judy is based in Wellington.

Kate Hughes is a Somerset-based author and national newspaper journalist. She is Money Editor for, for whom she also writes about sustainability. She is also a commentator on BBC radio. 

Her first book, Going Zero: One Family's Journey to Zero Waste and a Greener Lifestyle has been featured in The Sunday Times.

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Jane Struthers

Stephanie Austin

Hazel Prior

Stephanie Austin is the Devon-based author of a series of contemporary cosy crime mysteries- Dead in Devon, Dead on Dartmoor, The Dartmoor Murders and A Devon Night's Death, all set in the Dartmoor town of Ashburton and featuring reluctant antique shop owner and amateur sleuth, Juno Browne.

Prior to taking up writing she has worked as an artist, astrologer, teacher and dabbler in antiques. 

Jane Struthers is a Blackdowns-based author of over 30 non-fiction books on a wide variety of topics, from astrology and tarot to healing, and from Britain’s countryside to its literary heritage. Her books include the best-selling Red Sky at Night, The Book of Christmas, The Wisdom of Trees, Moon Power and Your Love Stars. Jane is the astrologer for Bella magazine and regularly appears on radio and television. 

Hazel Prior is the author of three bestselling novels: Ellie And The Harp Maker, Away With The Penguins, and Call Of The Penguins. Published by Penguin Random House, these novels are quirky and uplifting, character-led stories with strong wildlife themes. Away With The Penguins was selected for both BBC Radio 2’s Book Club and Richard & Judy’s Book Club, and became the number one Christmas bestseller in ebook and audiobook in 2020. Hazel is now working on her fourth book.

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Emma Bettridge

Elizabeth Delo

Vanessa de Haan

Emma Bettridge is the Somerset-based author of Goodbye Hobbs picture book.

Emma is a theatre producer, director, festival curator, and is an associate lecturer at Bath Spa University, on the M.A. Creative Producing course.

Elizabeth Delo is a writer and teacher based in Taunton. She has a degree in French from Goldsmiths in London and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her debut novel, Becoming Liz Taylor, is set in Weston-super-Mare in the present and the 1970s. It is the story of Val, a woman who spends her lonely evenings dressing up as the film star Elizabeth Taylor and who one day, on a whim, steals a baby. 

Vanessa de Haan is an author and journalist who has written for various newspapers, magazines and podcasts. She was a columnist on the Western Morning News (writing under the name Zoë Kenyon) and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. She has published two historical fiction novels with HarperCollins: A Time to Live (2023) and The Restless Sea (2018). She lives and works in the Blackdown Hills on the Devon /Somerset border, where she is also learning to lay hedges.

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