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Stevens Books

We focus on books about Devon and its surroundings, history, geography, places and times of interest.


About Us

Since 2002 we’ve sought, selected and retailed academic books with the twin themes “local studies” and “historical interest”.

Stevens Books is sole distributor for The Mint Press, working closely with Todd Gray, and occasionally other local publishers.

NB. (Disclaimer – Please note that we have no connection with another similarly named publisher – Steven books and hope we can clear up any confusion there may be. We deal with local history books only. We are “STEVENS” Books).

Todd Gray’s latest book –

Devon’s Last Slave-Owners

Orders can now be taken through our website shop page or over the telephone. Overseas customers can e-mail us for the postage and to agree a payment method.

For a Full description please go our shop page for this book.

We are grateful to Sharon Goble and Devon Life for this article that is in the October issue of the magazine. Get your copy at any newsagents.


St. Martin’s Island, Exeter

The Mint Press has reprinted it’s best seller St. Martin’s Island, by Todd Gray & Sue Jackson. The book is about the Royal Clarence Hotel fire and details the history of the surrounding buildings some of which were damaged in the fire .


You may also be interested in this book Published by the Devon and Cornwall Record Society.

The Exeter Cloth Dispatch Book, 1763-1765, edited by Todd Gray.

Special temporary “launch” price £25.00 whilst limited stocks last. Please telephone us if you would like a copy. 01392 459760.

We can also help you if you are interested in another DCRS book – William Birchynshaw’s Map of Exeter, 1743

Please visit our Events page for more details of these books and if you would like to know more about Todd Gray ‘s lectures and courses

Dr Todd Gray Talks

Dr Todd Gray has devoted his working career to the study of Devon’s history. His passion for his adopted county is self-evident through his publications and in his lectures. He has written more widely on Devon than any other Devon historian and is at the heart of its historical community.

Talks are on all manner of subjects with a Devon focus.

Todd does give online ZOOM lectures and courses and these are detailed when appropriate in our events section on this website.

01392 459760 or


Dr Gray was born in New England and first came to England as a schoolboy in the 1970s. He returned to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of London. He subsequently enrolled as a post-graduate student at the University of Exeter and in 1989 was awarded his Doctorate in History. He remains a Research Fellow of the University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He set up his own publishing business and has now successfully published 48 titles mainly written by him and by other writers. Four were awarded `Devon Book of the Year’ by the Devon History Society. Each is about local history and they cover a wide range of aspects relating to the South West and particularly Devon and Exeter. All stages of a book’s publication are organised and produced in Devon using other local businesses.

One can truly say they are “made in Devon”. Dr Gray’s other achievements are that he wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper, the Express and Echo (`History Matters’) and has written questions for Mastermind. He is Chairman of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society, the past president of the Devon Family History Society and a past Chairman of the Devonshire Association and of the Friends of Devon’s Archives. He is a committee member of the Devon History Society and Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries. Dr Gray is also a member of the Devon Buildings Group. He is actively involved in supporting many local history groups and charities.

Dr Gray undertakes numerous public and private talks each year and has lectured in more than 125 villages and towns in Devon as well as in such far-flung places as Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Most of his time is spent researching, writing, and with his publishing business, however, he also enjoys gardening and visiting local churches and buildings of interest.

Dr Gray has recently learned that he has ancestors who originated from Barnstaple in the 1620s before emigrating to New England. He is currently employed as a Research Fellow by Exeter University through a grant from the Pilgrim Trust to record bench ends throughout the South West.

Todd had the honour of being awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen’s New Years Honours list for services to Devon’s heritage.The Investiture held by HRH The Prince of Wales was on the 14th March 2014.

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