Now retired, Allan Armstrong has spent much of his adult life exploring and developing an understanding of spiritual disciplines, including: prayer & meditation; symbolism; liturgical studies; mysticism and spiritual healing methods.

In 1975 he joined an order within the Holy Celtic Church dedicated to the spiritual life, an order that consists of men and women committed to living the contemplative life whilst dwelling in the secular world. He has been a teacher of meditation since the mid-1980’s and has served the order as prior since 1991.

He is the author of The Rose Priory DialoguesThe PilgrimageSpiritualise Your life; The Secret Garden of the SoulNotes on Meditation; and Aspects of the Spiritual Life.

In 2008 Allan started to publish books under the banner of Imagier Publishing and in 2019 started Crucible Books, an online bookstore specialising in new and used spiritual and esoteric books. As an internet based mail-order business, Crucible Books is focused on buying and selling new and used spiritual and esoteric books.

Apart from new books, we sell good quality used books and we invite you to get in touch if you are interested in selling either a single book or a collection. To help us determine whether we have an interest in purchasing your book(s) please email a photo (exterior only) with brief details including; title, author, date of publication and type of binding. If you have a larger collection, please call 07770 810941 to discuss a more streamlined evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Books shipped to a UK address will generally be send by Royal Mail or by courier. 

All books returnable to be returned within ten days of receipt, for credit or refund. 

Payment methods: PayPal, Credit Card, Cheque or Bank-transfer. (Please contact us direct if you wish to pay with a Money Order or Cheque.)

PLEASE NOTE that we are unable to ship to an address other than the billing address on the credit card being used for payment due to the policies of our credit card processing bank.

Payment by personal cheque may delay shipping of your order.

Books may be held pending payment by arrangement.

All books returnable within ten days of receipt for credit or refund. Unless the book is clearly not as described, refund is for the price of the book only, not for postage.

We will refund your purchase if you:

  • Return books in their original condition.

  • Include your packing slip or invoice.

  • Return within 14 days of the shipment date listed on your packing slip.

Ship returns by traceable means, with the original packing slip or invoice, to:

Crucible Books
85 High street
Haydon Wick
Wilts SN25 1HU


  • Original shipment charges are not refundable. You are responsible for all costs associated with return shipment.

  • Returns made to Crucible Books will be refunded in the form of the original payment method.

  • We cannot issue refunds for items returned to us more than 30 days after shipment date.

  • The return procedure above applies only to those items purchased from the Crucible Books website.

  • It does not apply to books bought at another bookseller, online, or retail store.

  • We cannot be responsible for packages lost during return. Therefore, we recommend that your return be sent as an insured package.

  • The credit for your return will be applied to the credit card used to make the purchase. It may take up to two credit card billing cycles for the credit to appear on your statement.

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