Elizabeth Buchan’s Top Three Books Set in Cornwall
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 the wonderful Elizabeth Buchan had to say…
The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
The image of a camomile lawn is such a brilliant and haunting one and provides a central image for the book and powerfully suggests the wild beauty and aromas of Cornwall which the family carry around with them for the whole of their lives and to which they return, even in death.
The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier
The love story between the crippled Honor and Richard Grenville, the King’s General in the West, takes place at Menabilly, the house that was to dominate the author’s imagination for most of her writing life. Set during the English Civil War, it is a harsh, but powerful and moving, love story in which two strong, attractive but flawed people are sacrificed to the divisions being fought between Parliamentarians and Royalists.
Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore
Its 1917 and D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, are sheltering in the Cornish village of Zennor. But, as Helen Dunmore’s exquisite writing reveals, the times have triggered suspicion and turmoil. To read it is to have truths about human nature forensically and poetically revealed.
For British-born Kay Eberstern, living on her husband Bror’s country estate, the Nazi invasion and occupation of her adopted country is a time of terrible uncertainty and inner conflict.
Bror is desperate to preserve the legacy of his family home, even if it means co-existing with the enemy, but Kay knows she cannot do the same. Lured by British Intelligence into a covert world of resistance and sabotage, her betrayal of Bror is complete as she puts her family into danger.
Tasked with protecting an enigmatic SOE agent, a man who cannot even tell her his name, Kay learns the art of subterfuge. From then on, she must risk everything for the sake of this stranger – a stranger who becomes entangled in her world in ways she never expected.
Meanwhile, back in England, those tasked with running vulnerable agents in the field are also fighting a battle to keep them safe…
I Can’t Begin to Tell You is a story of bravery, broken loyalties, lies and how the power of love can bring redemption even to the darkest of places.
Please pop back tomorrow for Dinah Jeffries top picks!