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August 29, 2019

Meet the people behind the bookshop

Meet the people behind the bookshop
Arcturus bookshop was founded over 30 years ago and has had a longstanding presence in Totnes main street during that time. Driven by the passion of Douglas Cockbain and his ongoing fascination with the spiritual, mystical and enlightened texts that have come from ancient thoughts into modern day lifestyle structures. That passion is kept alive by his family today who took over the reins in October 2018.


Steve (son-in-law) is a Tai Chi and Kung Fu Master & teacher and is a devout Taoist with a deep knowledge of that philosophy of the universe. Jo (daughter) is a dance teacher and fitness instructor who is immersed in the performing arts and has a spiritual core. You will often see her consulting the Angel cards.

The Staff:

Julie (over 20 years in the shop) has extensive knowledge on green and alternative issues. She truly understands the wide range of books in the shop and can guide you to specific ideas or alternative/more up-to-date texts on a subject.

Mel (well over 10 year in the shop) has a specific interest in wicka and paganism.

Lorna (nearly 10 years in the shop) looks after all of our music and Bargain Books.

Any of the staff can offer you advice and guidance. There is little they do not understand or can’t find an answer to. Test them out, they can really help you and, they are not a computer – they are actual humans!

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