29th March 2017 - On Wednesday 29th March 2017, 6.30-8pm, Anne Glyn-Jones, well-known elderly resident of Halyards, will visit the bookshop to launch her new book Morse Code Wrens of Station X. 
Anyone interested in wartime intelligence and how it was transmitted to Bletchley Park for decoding will enjoy this book and be fascinated to hear Anne talk about the drama and fun of women’s life in the Royal Navy in the 1940s and beyond.  
There is no charge but space is limited, so please contact Lily Neal at The Topsham Bookshop or on 01392-877895 to reserve tickets.

22 March 2017 - On Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6.30-8pm, we will be hosting an evening with award winning author, Pippa Kelly. She will be talking about her debut novel Invisible Ink. The evening has been arranged in conjunction with The Mede, Topsham’s day care and respite centre for people with dementia and their carers.

Pippa Kelly is one of the UK’s foremost writers on dementia, having charted her own mother’s deterioration and eventual death from the condition in the national press. 
Her new novel is a mesmerising tale of love, loss and guilt within a family and draws on her own experiences of watching a loved one being slowly stolen by dementia and the complex emotions that this provokes.
If you would like to meet Pippa, and learn more about The Mede too, do come - please reserve your free ticket by emailing

21st January 2013
Sophie: An Edwardian Childhood

by Sophie Leighton Harding

What was it like to be the daughter of a famous painter in Edwardian times?
In this vivid and funny book, Sophie describes what it was like to grow up in London from 1902 to 1918 with a famous painter father, Edmund Blair Leighton. She gives many details of everyday life in the period, and her engaging account is illustrated with her own vibrant watercolours and witty line drawings. Family photographs by Edmund Leighton himself also feature. Suitable for readers of ten upwards.

Musisca Publishing, 2013: hardback, 6"x9", 130 pages.
The book costs £12.99 plus p&p (UK £2.00; Europe £5.50; overseas air £8.60; overseas surface £4.86).
For further information, or to order copies, write to or e-mail Lily Neal at The Topsham Bookshop, 27 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0HD ( / 0044 (0)1392 877895)

See Musisca Publishing for sample images.

4th December 2012: Book Launch
Twelve Topsham Riddles

See Riddle-Me-Ree! for details of the forthcoming launch of Alma Swan's new book of Topsham riddles, to be held at St Margaret's Church on Tuesday 4th December 2012 at 6.00 pm.

18th October 2012: Book Launch
'Tell My Mother I'm Not Dead'
What would you do if your 28-year-old son were suddenly killed in a car crash? Any of us would suffer enormous grief and shock. Some people, not wanting to believe in the total disappearance of the human personality after death, might be tempted to try and contact their lost son through a professional medium. This is what happened to Trevor Hamilton, a historian, academic and writer, but he took the business of contacting mediums one stage further by making a careful study of their statements and writing a book about the whole experience. Deeply moving but objective, it is a detailed account of his visits to ten different mediums and the way in which he set his own experience against classic cases and current academic findings about mediumship.

The Topsham Bookshop is very lucky to be able to host the local launch of Trevor's book Tell My Mother I'm Not Dead on Thursday 18th October at 6.30pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Lily Neal on 01392-877895 or send her an e-mail at You are very welcome to attend, but because of our limited space we need to know numbers.

Tell My Mother I'm Not Dead: A Case Study in Mediumship Research, by Trevor Hamilton, was published on October 1st by Imprint Academic, 190pp., £8.95 / $17.90, ISBN 9781845402600. It can be purchased either at the launch or from; it will be on Amazon later.

 9th May 2012
Topsham: A Framework for a Local Plan
We have in stock copies of Topsham: A Framework for a Local Plan, the 2012 update on the Topsham Society's townscape review and design statement for Topsham. 39-page A4 booklet: £5.00.

22nd February 2012
Exeter Air Raid Victims, 1940-43
We have in stock the latest publication from Precious Moments of Exeter: Exeter Air Raid Victims, 1940-43 by Christine Trigger. It is published to mark the 70th anniversary of the Blitz on Exeter on 4th May 1942. The A4-format books contains a general introduction on the "Baedeker Raids" (that targeted historic English cities in retaliation for the destruction of L├╝beck), an account of the Exeter casualties and the aftermath, and an alphabetical listing of detailed information for each victim, referenced to the locations in Exeter's Higher and Exwick cemeteries where they were buried.  Exeter Air Raid Victims, 1940-43 is available from us for £7.99. See Precious Moments of Exeter for other titles.

15th February 2012
Simple pleasures
Our current window display is our Simple Pleasures Comparison Chart, rating various activities on a cost-per-duration basis. An as-new paperback from The Topsham Bookshop - £3.00 for 300 minutes - is at the top!

11th January 2012
Estuary Magazine

We are now stocking Topsham's parish magazine, Estuary Magazine. 60p.

17th December 2011:
Big Art Book Bonanza!
If you fall in love with any of the paperback art books now on display in the front of shop, make us an offer. Be inventive! Be bold!

14th December 2011
We have just taken delivery of a batch of the newly-published Education in Exeter by Christine Trigger, Volume 8 in the Postcards from Exeter series published by Precious Moments. This volume focuses on historical postcards of Exeter schools and colleges.

3rd December 2011
Here's our current flyer. We are looking for books: not just crime, but any good-quality paperback fiction in good condition, including Penguins and children's Puffins.

Update, 16th November 2011
If you reached us by a Google search, we apologise for any confusion over the contact details. While we are making every effort to contact the major human-run and editable listings to get their details changed, the web has a huge number of automated directories largely out of our control and too numerous to contact individually, so it will take a while for the changes to propagate across the Internet.

Announcement: 1st November 2011
From 1st November 2011, this shop is no longer operating under the name of "Joel Segal Books". Joel Segal and Lily Neal have agreed amicably to terminate their partnership.

The shop is now called The Topsham Bookshop and will be owned and managed by Lily Neal. The new website is, but the telephone number will remain the same (01392-877895).

Joel Segal will continue to trade under the name of Joel Segal Books and will be operating from The Cafe, 76 Fore Street, Topsham, and other Exeter cafes.  He can be contacted on 07790-906118, or via his website