Fanny Blake’s Top Three Books Set in Cornwall

Posted on: April 27th, 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.

The wonderful Fanny Blake talks about hers…

So my favourite Cornish novels are (omitting du Maurier who I read again and again)

Penmarric by Susan Howatch – I remember reading this huge engrossing family saga for the first time and being completely swept away by it. There was also the added thrill of discovering a new author whose books I used to fall upon every time a new one was published.

Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore – her mesmerising debut set against the backdrop of the First World War that takes place in the village of Zennor where DH Lawrence and his wife Frieda come under suspicion from the local community.

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale – a family comes to grips with the death of their mother in this fabulously involving novel. Reading this was my introduction to another novelist I have yet to be disappointed by.

51bdQfC3EcL._AA160_My own novel The Secrets Women Keep is partly set in Cornwall.

‘Wise, wry and richly entertaining, THE SECRETS WOMEN KEEP celebrates the passionate, emotional lives women lead as wives, mothers and grandmothers.’

My latest novel With a Friend Like You is out in paperback on August 13th.

‘With her wisdom, insight and wicked humour, Fanny Blake shines a light on to female friendships, in this delicious tale of two so-called best friends.’


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Please join me tomorrow to find your Elizabeth Buchan’s top three…