Obelisk Publications

The Best Books about Devon!

Author and publisher

21 Oct 1949 - 28 Feb 2005
In loving memory

Chips Barber was the founder of Obelisk Publications, and a well-respected Devonshire author and publisher for over 20 years. He wrote his first book Around and About the Haldon Hills in his spare time, while teaching at Vincent Thompson (now St Luke's) High School in Exeter. One success led to another, and he was eventually able to give up the day job to pursue his love of writing full-time. He went on to write over 150 Devon titles, while giving an opening to many other local authors, whose work has been published as part of Obelisk's popular series.

Sadly, Chips passed away suddenly on the evening of Monday 28 February 2005, at his home in Pinhoe. He is, and always will be, greatly missed by his family, friends, and people all over the county who knew him through his books, talks, radio interviews, walks, and other associations with Devon. His books are still widely regarded as some of the best and most informative about Devon life; his wife, daughter, and son-in-law intend to keep his legacy alive by continuing to supply his entertaining and hugely popular local books to anyone with an interest in the area.