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2024: Preparing to sign off (but not just yet)

I am no longer publishing new titles – my last was PHILIP DE CARTERET R.N. This was due to come out in early 2020 with a launch at the Jersey Maritime Museum in March that year. Sadly, the arrival of the COVID Pandemic scuppered our plans but the book was made available through the usual channels.

I am gradually letting existing titles go out of print and it’s always a moment of regret to do so. Having said that, I reprinted four of my own books last year: my second local walking guide, BEYOND WHERE WILTSHIRE MEETS SOMERSET, and my introductory guide to our town: BRADFORD ON AVON, A TOWN LIKE NO OTHER plus two little books: HOLT: AN INDUSTRIAL VILLAGE and TROWBRIDGE: TOWN AND COUNTRY WALKS.

Although no longer adding new titles to the Ex Libris Press and Seaflower lists, I remain active in producing books on behalf of others who have projects which they wish to see in print but which are unlikely to demand a very substantial sale. I have produced hundreds of titles for individuals and local groups over the years, many of whom would be willing to recommend us.

In addition, I am happily producing a number of home-printed and hand-bound projects on various topics – for these see the page at Ex Libris Press/ Hand-bound Books.

With thanks for your support over the past several decades.

Roger Jones


Welcome to Ex Libris Books

Ex Libris Books publishes a range of titles under the imprints Ex Libris Press and Seaflower Books. We also offer a Book Production Service.

We published our first titles on South Devon in 1979-1980, since when we have produced several hundred books, many of which remain in print in updated editions.

Initially our books concentrated on aspects of the heritage and environment of South Devon, the West Country in general and more particularly the counties of Wiltshire and Somerset. Subjects range from town histories, walking guides, literary anthologies and county geologies to accounts of particular landscapes, like the Somerset Levels and the Marlborough Downs.

In 1988 we began to publish books of more general appeal under the heading Country Bookshelf and to explore various themes concerned with country life and lore. All titles in this series are currently out of print.

In 1992 we established the imprint Seaflower Books, under which we have published many books dedicated to the Nature, History and People of the Channel Islands. Our first title was Jersey Rambles, now in its ninth printing, some 20,000 copies are currently in print.



Any of the books featured on this website are obtainable via your local bookseller or may be ordered direct from us post-free. Because of ever-rising postal charges, we charge 50% extra for shipping within the European Union and 90% for shipping to customers in the rest of the world (the cost of postage to America, Australia and New Zealand generally exceeds the cost of the books!).