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Welcome to Totnesvanbooksandmusic.com , a small online bookshop which has many used, and some new, books for sale.  We specialise in selling Penguin and Pelican books but also have a variety of books from other publishers.  All books have been accurately described so that you know exactly what you are ordering and will not be disappointed when the books are received.  We do not use general statements to cover all books but describe each book individually.  Occasionally, these descriptions give the impression that a book is in a worse condition than it really is!  Many of our books are sold on eBay.  However, we have a wider selection of books available on this site and our costs are generally lower here.  Once ordered, generally, your book(s) will be posted the following working day and, very often, the same day.


All books, over 1,400, are listed under the relevant ‘Authors’, alphabetically by surname.  To browse through the selection of books, simply hover over the relevant ‘Authors’ heading, either A to D, E to KL to R or S to Z, move down the list to the appropriate initial letter for the appropriate author, then move across to the right and click on the appropriate alphabetical range: basically just follow the arrows!  A list of authors is shown either under the ‘Authors’ heading for A to D, E to KL to R and S to Z or under the individual ‘Authors’ heading (eg ‘Authors: A’).  The number in brackets after each author’s name shows how many of their books are in stock.  If there is no number that signifies there is just one of their books in stock.  Books not attributed to an author or editor are listed  under ‘AUTHORS UNKNOWN’ after ‘AUTHORS U’.  (NB The ‘search’ facilities at the top of the screen are awaiting removal as they are futile, for which we apologise.) 



Simply click on  ‘Add to Cart’ for the books that you wish to purchase and then, if you are paying securely by PayPal, proceed to ‘Checkout': nothing could be simpler.  All prices include postage and packing so there are no extras to pay.  If you are ordering more than one book there is a possibility that we can reduce the combined price of the books as we could post these together.  In such a scenario, we will be more than happy for you to contact us to see whether we can reduce the total price.  Also, if you live in, or close to, Ripon there is a possibility of your order being delivered by hand, so please enquire if this is the case, as we can deduct the postage costs.  If you wish to use another method of payment please send email to Totnesvanbooks@btinternet.com with your order, advising us how you wish to pay.  


If you live overseas please contact us by sending email to Totnesvanbooks@btinternet.com so that we can provide you with the relevant postage and packing costs.  (Outside of the United Kingdom, books have been sold and posted to customers in Belgium, Denmark, Eire, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and United States of America.)


In the unlikely event of you not being satisfied with a book that you have received, as it was not as described, we will refund the full cost of the book.  In such situations we would be grateful if you would notify us before returning the book and within seven days of its receipt. This site is continually being updated and developed to make it as user-friendly as possible.  We are currently adding images to all of the books that we have listed for sale.  These images are identical to the cover design of the book being sold.  We have many more books to add to this site, together with the music side which has yet to be built, although we have many vinyl singles and CDs to sell. We hope that you enjoy shopping with Totnesvanbooksandmusic.com and will visit us on a regular basis.  We would welcome any questions you may have about items for sale on our website or requests for any items that are not showing, including vinyl singles and CDs, as we may have these in stock.  Any comments would also be welcome as we strive to provide a good service to all our customers.

For your interest, to show the diversity of books available, the last ten titles sold were, as follows:

  • Puppy in a Puddle (1999) by Lucy Daniels
  • Chinchilla up the Chimney (1999) by Lucy Daniels
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (2011) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Final Problem and Other Stories (2011) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Riotous Assembly (1973) by Tom Sharpe
  • The Great Pursuit (1979) by Tom Sharpe
  • The Queen’s Government (1972) by Sir Ivor Jennings
  • The House of Commons at Work (1967) by Eric Taylor
  • Jeremy Poldark (1977) by Winston Graham
  • Demelza (1977) by Winston Graham

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