First Draft Books began as a kernel of an idea in Spring 2021 on a road trip across America when Leslie wondered: how do show up for a community? What emerged was an independent bookstore with curiosity and community at its heart. Since launching our pop-up bookshop & events in South Devon in June 2023, we have worked to create spaces — often in collaboration with amazing small businesses — for locals and visitors to be bookish together. We hope you’ll stop by for a while. 

The Team

Leslie Leggett, Owner [she/her]

Leslie has worn many hats: running coach, clarinetist, tour guide, blue ribbon winner at the 1992 county fair for her peanut butter cookies. But her most consistent hat has been “reader.” For as long as she can remember, she’s had a book in her hand. So it made perfect sense to open First Draft Books after two decades as a community builder. Originally from Kentucky, she feels right at home in Devon. She loves: high-concept science fiction, trail running, and puzzles.

Malcolm Anderson, Director [he/him]

Malcolm is a lawyer by training and a sportsman at heart. You’ll see him around from time to time lending a hand in the shop and dispensing opinions freely. He’s always down for a good chit-chat so please strike up a conversation. From Edinburgh originally, he loves: Heart of Midlothian FC, golf and all forms of baked goods.

And a special mention to the brilliant people who have contributed their services to First Draft Books. We wouldn’t be here without your help.

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