Cornish Summer Memories from Lesley Cookman

Posted on: July 29th, 2018

To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer Lesley Cookman tells us about her Cornish holiday…

I love Cornwall

Once upon a time, many years ago, my best friend’s parents lived in a big old farmhouse in Cornwall called Ennys, near Marazion and St Ives. She and her husband got married in the church nearby, and my boyfriend was best man. Over the next few years, we spent a lot of time there, even popping down for the weekend – all that way, usually in her rickety old Citroen. One memorable summer we spent pratically the whole of August there with the house to ourselves while her parents were away. I think it was the most idyllic summer I have ever spent, despite, or perhaps because of, having to look after the smallholding and the animals. We went to the beach a lot, and even had artist friends come to visit us. Marazion and Mousehole (no, you don’tsay Mouse Hole) were delightful, and not quite so consciously twee as they became later – Posy Simmonds hadn’t discovered them yet – and we spent quite a  lot of time in the pubs. It was when I discovered the delights of Stargazy Pie, among other things.

It was a memorable summer for more reasons than one – it was the last summer any of us spent without children, and the last time I went to Ennys, except for my friend’s birthday weekend in November, when I was pregnant. But the wonderful farmhouse kitchen lives on in my Libby Sarjeant books as the kitchen in The Manor, as does most of the farmyard. Sadly, the parents sold Ennys when the  last of their five children had grown up and gone, and moved to Tetbury, where we spent more lovely holidays, but Ennys, and Cornwall, have a special place in my heart.

The Oast Theatre in Steeple Martin is hosting a touring production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which is attracting a lot of attention. But very soon it begins to attract attention of an entirely different kind, when a document goes missing along with its owner. When a body turns up, Libby Sarjeant and Fran Wolfe become involved with the investigation with the help, naturally, of their friends and relatives.

Available for pre-order…out 16 August 2018



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.