Cornish Summer Memories from Rosemary Dun

Posted on: August 8th, 2018

To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer Rosemary Dun tells us about her Cornish holiday…


Cornish Magic and Mermaids


I’ve long loved Cornwall – that magical land of childhood holidays, where a girl with a vivid imagination could dream of swashbuckling pirates, smugglers coves, or a Maximillian De Winter striding along Cornish cliff tops. So many memories. This one is set in the late 90s when I was a broke single parent much in need of a holiday, and my parents stumped up the cash for a week’s self-catering cottage in Mousehole. Yippee. In true undaunted Enid Blyton style of one woman, two kids, and their dog – I loaded up our clapped-out 2CV at the crack of dawn (to beat the traffic), rolled back the canvas sunroof (much like you would a tin of corned beef), and off we set from Bristol.


At first we chugged jauntily along the M5, ignoring toots from impatient boy (and girl) racers, the cars zipping in and out dangerously, and lorry slipstreams threatening to pull us under their wheels. Never mind. Our first real family holiday! Bravely my little car barrelled along, even achieving – on a downhill run with a stiff breeze behind us – an alarmingly swaying 70mph. We stopped several times in laybys to stretch our legs and watch the traffic hurtle past. Yes, we were one small family on a (rather slow) adventure, rolling back the years to the 1960s/70s when my brother and I – beside ourselves with excitement in the back of Dad’s Ford Zephyr – would compete to be the first to shout —


‘The sea! I can see the sea!’ This time it was my daughter who won as we made our approach down to Penzance; its fairy-tale castle of St Michael’s Mount rising from a twinkly sea, as overhead a helicopter wheeled and set course for the Scilly Isles (a name guaranteed to raise a titter). ‘Are we nearly there, yet?’


Finally spluttering through twisty turny roads, we arrived at our destination – Mousehole (cue more hilarity from girls . . . Mouse Hole? A mouse’s hole? Ha ha ha ha). I parked up on the beach for what I knew would be a magical seven days of squabbling, dog splashing, slips on seaweed, Cornish pasties, fish and chips. ‘C’mon, out you get!’ The girls and dog now finally free to scamper across yellow sands.  Well done car, I thought, patting its bonnet as I paused to breathe it all in. The fishermen’s cottages clustered around the harbour, their lichen-covered roofs testament to a cleaner/ clearer ozone-packed sea air. Ahhh. Shading my eyes, I gazed far out to where rocks jutted above the waves, and . . . Wait. . . Was that a mermaid’s tail? There. Flashing in the sunlight? I smiled. Cornish magic – anything was possible.

The Trouble With Love by Rosemary Dun, pub. Sphere imprint of Little, Brown


Polly Park lives on the side of Bristol’s historic harbour. She reckons she’s a Renaissance Woman who has it all: own house, a thriving business, a close family of friends, she doesn’t need a man – but, she’s not a nun. So when she meets Spike, the fact that he’s emigrating to Australia in six months’ time is not a problem – no commitment or messy endings. But she doesn’t bank on falling in love, or on making a certain discovery after he’s gone.


Three years on, Polly is a single mum to her hard-of-hearing, gorgeous daughter Rowan. She starts dating single dad Max and may finally be ready to take a chance on love. Then, out of the blue, Spike returns with his glamorous girlfriend in tow, and suddenly Polly finds herself in the middle of a very sticky situation . . . Will Spike’s return resurrect Polly’s feelings for him? Where does that leave Max and Polly? And how will all this change effect Rowan? Nothing is simple – but then, that’s the trouble with love . . .

The Trouble with Loveis a fresh and funny romantic comedy that explores both conventional and modern dilemmas in love. It will make you think and it will make you laugh. “Mamma Mia meets Jane Austen – with less singing”. 

“Polly and Spike are my favourite romantic couple for a very long time, and I loved immersing myself in their Bristol. It’s a feel-good book for Renaissance Women and Men everywhere.” Julie Cohen (a Richard & Judy Book Club author).

“Rosemary reminds us that falling in love is never easy… Yet the magic she sprinkles over each page simply forces us to believe that anything- including love- is possible!” Lola Jaye

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Liz here…I’d also love to see and hear about your Cornish Summer memories. If you use the hashtag #OneCornishSummer  and tag me on Facebook, Twitter(@liz_fenwick)or Instagram  (@liz_fenwick)you’ll be in with a chance to win a copy and a bottle of Curio Rock Samphire Gin. (by joining the giveaway you confirm you are over 18). Winner will selected on 12/8/2018.