Dinah Jefferies’s Top Three Books Set in Cornwall

Posted on: April 29th, 2015

To celebrate the paperback release of A Cornish Stranger on the 23rd of April and Under A Cornish Sky of the 7th of May I’ve asked several of my favourite authors to share their top three Cornish reads.

Here’s what Dinah had to say…

‘I tend not to have favourite books as such, as I have such a butterfly memory. But the three books set in Cornwall that come to mind, apart from your own that is, are Rosamund Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers, Mary Wesley’s The Camomile Law and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. All of them elicit the same response and that’s the longing to be there. There are others and I did enjoy the original Poldark books all those years ago. I’d say Rebecca is my absolute favourite, because of its mystery and darkness.

While in my memory, Cornwall is a place of blue skies, blue seas and wonderful coves, it does have a dark history too: the wrecking, the mine closures and so on. And what I love most about Cornwall are the cliffs, the wild seas, and the stormy skies, even though they can be bleak and overwhelming. I love to sense the way Cornwall must have been in the past, stuck right there at the end of the world: ‘Here be dragons’. And, for me, Daphne du Maurier captures some of those qualities and the darkness in Cornwall’s history in Rebecca and Jamaica Inn.’


51n3sltEVKL._AA160_Dinah’s latest book is The Separation

A country at war with itself,

a family divided and betrayed,

a bond that can never be broken…


You can find out more about Dinah and her work at www.dinahjefferies.com


Please stop by tomorrow and discover Julia Gregson’s top three…