Cornish Summer Memories from Joanna Hickson

Posted on: July 25th, 2018

To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer Joanna Hickson tells us about her Cornish holiday…

One Cornish Summer – with Backpack!


My childhood summers were spent on the surf-beaten beaches of Australia so this Cornish Summer is my daughter’s childhood memory and, through her, mine.  At three years old, with her little backpack and our small terrier, she explored the secret paths, wide pebble-strewn beaches, flower-scattered fields and dramatic coastline with its romantic river estuaries and rocky coves.

Obviously we, her parents, went with her and fell in love with Cornwall through her eyes.  The treasures she popped into that backpack included the usual shells and sea-glass but also a sliver of green serpentine from Kynance Cove, a grey stone shaped like a seal and a rag doll from St Mawes with sheep’s wool hair.

I think she may also have included the ‘plait’ from a Cornish pasty but I probably disposed of it later when it went mouldy.  Of course she grew out of it and no longer has the backpack and but I think I can safely say that it fulfilled its purpose.  We have all been again and again to repack our Cornish memories, most recently in spring to see the ancient bluebell woods at Calamansac on the glorious Helford River.

And there will undoubtedly be more visits, especially when we need to practice our reversing in Cornwall’s narrow lanes!

Joanna’s latest book…The Tudor Crown

When Edward of York takes back the English crown, the Wars of the Roses scatter the Lancastrian nobility and young Henry Tudor, with a strong claim to the throne, is forced into exile.

Recently widowed and vulnerable, his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, forges an uncomfortable alliance with Edward’s queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Swearing an oath of allegiance to York, Margaret agrees to marry the king’s shrewdest courtier, Lord Stanley. But can she tread the precarious line between duty to her husband, loyalty to her son, and her obligation to God and the king?

When tragedy befalls Edward’s reign, Richard of York’s ruthless actions fire the ambition of mother and son. As their destinies converge each of them will be exposed to betrayal and treachery and in their gruelling bid for the Tudor crown, both must be prepared to pay the ultimate price…

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.