Dartington Trust Shop in Totnes

Our Shop in Totnes is a beautiful, multifaceted space serving as a box office and info hub for the Dartington Trust’s many arts and ecology courses, live music events, Barn Cinema screenings, talks and more.

It is also a home for a carefully curated range of beautiful craftware, art prints, other artefacts…and of course, a fantastic range of books!

visitor information

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Get in touch: 01803 847504

Getting here: 42 High St, Totnes, TQ9 5RY. View location on Google Maps >

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It was eyes up for a full house in the shop last eve!

Thanks so much to Alister Doyle for his lively and engaging talk about his new book, 'The Great Melt: Accounts from the Frontline of Climate Change', which was followed by an equally l and e Q and A.

And thanks to everyone who came and braved the timely reminder of the power of the climate (ie. an extremely heavy downpour 20 minutes before kick-off!).

Alister kindly signed some extra copies of his book. Come and get them while they're dry!

From our section of chapter books for kids, we love these lyrical and moving tales by @ckgawards winner Katya Balen exploring the healing power of nature.

Balen’s life-affirming books demonstrate how being connected to nature helps to traverse the emotional highs and lows of love, loss, family and friendship.

They are also beautifully illustrated by the likes of @angelaharding11 and @thebrush, and Birdsong is presented by @barringtonstoke in a dyslexia-friendly typesetting.

A few tickets are still available for our event with Alister Doyle next Tuesday at 6pm. ...

We are exploding with anticipation to welcome Tom and Oliver from the Exploding Bakery in Exeter and some of their sweet treats to the shop this coming Friday.

As well as being an easy-on-the-eye and friendly pair of local young humans, they are also passionate about the ingredients and provenance of their food which is, frankly, dangerously delicious.

And yet you can be one of the first to purchase their book of secrets this Friday between 11 and 2. The first 10 bought will get a free box of cake, and there will be tasters for all!

The long and winding road...

We look book cover symmetry here at DTB.

"Do we need excess to really enjoy things in life?"

This is the provocative question that Zizek explores in his latest work.

Deploying his usual method of examining cultural phenomena through Marx and Lacan inflected theory (and enjoyably excessive prose!), he addresses how contemporary political and ecological vision is affected by this short circuit in the human psyche, and posits a way we could move past this if only we could realise how we are oppressed by this constant encouragement to pursue futility.

An absolute treasure trove of more than 1000 pages from Gary Snyder, a quiet colossus of American poetry.

This is the first Collected edition of his poetry, containing 11 whole books and lots of exquisitely edited rarities.

Spanning Beat Literature, Deep Ecology, pacifist political engagement and Eastern spirituality, Snyder is an essential synthesizing figure that represents the best of what Dartington Trust Books hopes to offer.

This is truly a special book - it is like buying a friend that will generously offer you more than 60 year's worth of wisdom in ways that will delight and accompany you for a lifetime. And beyond!

New edition of this very special work of personal and cultural criticism.

It generously and engagingly traces a link between hauntology's remix of nostalgic versions of optimism and fear, and the awareness of loss that must be inherent in any conscious creativity, and by extension in any examined life.

Nice mix of age, diversity and independent presses in this year's Booker longlist. ...

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