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iwishiwas



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I do like to read fiction set in places I've visited, but find this is usually in the US. Sarah Paretsky VI Warshawski novels set in Chicago, George Pelecanos for Washington DC, Carl Hiasson for Florida, Michael Chabon for Pittsburg, David Guterson for Washington state. This always brings back happy holiday memories even though most of these focus on the seedy side of town. As I mentioned on another thread, my current book, Tender is the Night, is bringing back wonderful images of the south of France



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As just mentioned on another thread - there is Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet.  Alexandria is evoked so brilliantly - you can feel the heat, see the haze, smell the smells - Durrell was of course a great travel writer too, so this comes as no surprise.  It's a bit of a cliche, but Alexandria really is a character in the books, brilliantly done.

His Avignon Quintet is equally evocative of Provence - marvellous stuff.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not, strictly, anything to do with books linked to places but I got an ad from Abe books today. They never miss a marketing opportunity as it was all about volcnoes in literature! I was rather amused. This is the link if you have no objections to looking at advertisements

http://bl108w.blu108.mail.live.com/default.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received an email from Cottages4you last week headed 'Join us for a Magical Literary Tour'.  It then gives suggestions for places to stay (in a cottage rented from Cottages4you, of course) which have literary links.

Here is the link:
http://www.cottages4you.co.uk/sit...you/pages/literarytour/index.aspx

I'm not planning to visit any of the places featured in the foreseeable future, so haven't looked at all the links.



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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've now booked a summer holiday in Cornwall, so would love to have some recommendations for books set there.  I have (a long time ago) read some Daphne du Maurier, but can't remember off the top of my head which.  I think I read and enjoyed House on the Strand which I think is set in Cornwall.  This might be worth a re-read but does anyone have any other suggestions?

We'll be staying near St Austell which is on the south coast, and well into Cornwall, as opposed to being just over the Devon border.



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Sherlock Holmes story “The Devil’s foot” (from the collection His Last Bow) is set in Cornwall!

And, although I haven’t read it, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is supposed to be very good.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But the film is absolutely ghastly.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daphne du Maurier is the obvious choice - Jamaica Inn is great fun, but avoid at all costs Rule Britannia, which is about Cornwall looking for independence from the rest of the UK, and is about on a par with a Woman's Weekly story - utter rubbish.  Frenchman's Creek is also fun, but not my sort of thing.  And of course there is Rebecca, but there is less of an emphasis on place, even though it's firmly set on the Cornish coast.

There are, of course, the books the TV series Wycliffe are based on, if you fancy crime fiction, and of course the Poldark novels if you feel like something historical.

Two I haven't read are Helen Dunmore's Zennor of Darkness (set in St Ives, though, so the opposite coast from where you will be) and Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden.  I am not a huge fan of Helen Dunmore, but I know people who love her books.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I have just remembered The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher too - not a fashionable author, and certainly an easy read, but I really enjoyed it!  Years since I read  it, though.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Du Maurier's "Frenchman's Creek"  is set on the Helford River.  I once sailed up Frenchman's Creek in a dinghy.

Then there is Thomas Hardy's "A Pair of Blue Eyes", which is based on the Boscastle area.



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