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 Local Authors 

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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. 

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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.

Emma Bettridge

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.

Independently Published Authors / Small-House Published Authors


Akea Book Series


The Tabaris Highlanders


Dinosaur Dan: The Hunt


Chris Marrow

The Hoe and The Gun


Simon Ratsey

The Little Blog of Lucanus


Relating to Michael

We want to support the work of local, independently published and small house authors. We are approached on a regular basis and have decided to promote a rotating group of 6 authors at any one time. 

If you are interested in their work, please click on the authors' names to be redirected to their email addresses.

They will give you further details of how to purchase their work.


Reminiscence Learning

Bookshop by the Blackdown's
Charity of the Year 2023


This year, we are working with Reminiscence Learning, a local Wellington-based charity specialising in dementia care, activity and reminiscence training. We are currently stocking Reminiscence Learning's book in our shop. Archie's Adventures story book is written by their CEO, Fiona Mahoney and is available for £5.99. 

If you would like to find out more about the charity, please click here.

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