Autumn Reads

Come and browse the perfect books for you to snuggle down with this Autumn. Grab a blanket and a book, and you’re set.

Books to Feed Your Mind

Books to inspire, challenge and free your mind in modern times; from classics to new releases, find a book to feed your soul.

Wainwright Prize 2021 in Nature Writing

Browse the beautiful and inspiring books that made the longlist for the Wainwright Prize on Nature writing, global conservation and climate change.

Explore Folklore, Legends and Myths

Dip into the tales that have influenced our world. Carefully cultivated from countries all around the world, there are stories about the forest, woodlands and gardens to the creatures that stalk our oceans, there is something from everyone.

Welcome to Arcturus Books

Nicknamed ‘Self-Help Central’, we are an independent bookshop, which is deliberately different, specialising in books that support the soul.

Our range includes books on psychology, self-development, spiritual growth, health, nutrition and the environment. Beyond books, we also offer a unique selection of tarot and oracle cards, as well an eclectic range of incense, greetings cards, games and jigsaws, notebooks and gifts.

A consistent and inspiring presence in Totnes, the magical town that is twinned with Narnia, for over 30 years, Meg and Will took over Arcturus Books in 2021.

We are a small independent shop and sometimes we don’t have everything listed that we have available to us.

We can also order in any book, niche or bestseller, so please do contact us directly if you do not see the book that you are interested in. You can contact us via email, phone or pop into the shop in person.

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The Bookshop Blog

Books for Beltane

In keeping with the spirit of Beltane, here are some excellent titles to immerse you in the world of Paganism, Wicca and Druidry.

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Female authors: the tip of the iceberg!

This week sees the longlist for the International Women’s Prize for Fiction released, and we are sure that there will be amazing writers nominated. Of course, there are already some amazing women authors who have released some outstanding books in all categories. Here, we just touch the tip of the iceberg, but we had to start somewhere!

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The best gifts have words…..

Sure you can go with chocolates and roses, but what better gift than a carefully curated book to show someone that you care about them! With the day of love approaching, we thought we would list some of our favourite books for you to give to that special someone or even as a gift to yourself (you deserve love too after all!).

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The Environment

Our Environment section contains many fascinating titles from books on activism and how to bring about change to gentle nature memoirs.

We also have a good stock on foraging and the use of wild plants for eating and medicinal purposes, as well as books on permacultures and how to rewild your garden for nature.

In this section you will also find books on how to build cabins, houses and tiny homes in an ecologically friendly way. 

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Paganism & Wicca

In our Paganism and Wicca section, you will find titles on Witchcraft, Druidry and Paganism and their modern uses.

You will also find a range on Shamanism and contacting your spirit guides.

In this section, there are also books on ancient sites around the UK and abroad, as well as publications on the history of magic. 

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Our Spirituality sections contains a variety of titles to cater for a wide range of beliefs from around the world; from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity to Hinduism.

We also stock titles on theology, atheism and the history of religion. In this section, you will also find books on angels and psychic abilities.