Series Two of Poldark is back on our screens so Sunday night is sorted for a little while. Last summer I had the joy of writing the afterword for both Ross Poldark and Demelza for the new MacMillan Collector’s Library Editions. I cannot begin to say how excited I am that my name and my words […]
When you are starting out as a writer you dream. You dream a lot. After all that is where your stories come from. So you dream of the agent, the publisher, the readers and maybe a little bit of success. If like me you have ‘grown up’ as a writer in the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s […]
I’ve neglected the blog – sorry. Life has been a bit full on and with the relocation from Dubai to the UK it’s become even more distracting. However I thought I’d blog a bit about what happens with a book once the first draft is done. Sometimes a ‘book’ has been in my head for […]
Today Under a Cornish Sky is out. The first reviews are in and are good. You can take a peek on Vulpes Libris and here Shaz’s Book Boudoir
I have really enjoyed these top three lists and have discovered some new books as well as remembering some old favourites. I’ll try and put together a list compiled from them all.
Thanks for the opportunity to choose my favourite books set in Cornwall, Liz – although it’s very hard, because once I started to think about this I realised just how many wonderful novels are set there, and how many of them are also my favourite all time reads. Here are just a few …
I have to admit that I’m a bit scared of Cornwall – it seems so involved with the sea, for one thing, a place of danger to a soft inland creature like myself. And then there is the natural magic and the mists of Merlin; where history weaves in and out of myth; where nothing is ever quite what it seems and quite a lot of it will eat your soul.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier has intrigue, suspense and secrets. Du Maurier has a meticulous attention to detail and her sense of place and descriptions of Cornwall are breathtaking. I remember first seeing a mini series on TV in 1979 starring Joanna David as the second Mrs de Winter, Anna Massey as Mrs Danvers and Jeremy Brett as Maxim de Winter. I was so captivated by it that I bought the book and loved that even more, it has become one of my all time favourites.
One of the things I love most about Cornwall is its art and artists, so when thinking about my favourite books set in that part of the world I’ve added a second filter – ‘must contain brushstrokes’.
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier – I know, predictable, but such a wonderful story (apart from the ending which I would have liked to be different)!