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Ann



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:08 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I must admit I was  underwhelmed by Kate Morton's The Forgotton Garden. It is a good page turner but very derivertive and full of unbelievable coincidences. However I might read another by her if I wanted a nice light read.
I second the recommendations of Daphne du Maurier. I  also read a great book about a painter who lived in Cornwell. I will find out what it was, later, and get back to you here.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the suggestions - plenty to consider here.

I might have to try the Holmes, following the discussion on the June thread.

On Daphne du Maurier - I read some of hers many years ago - certainly Rule, Britannia!, which I think I found rather odd.  I know I haven't read Frenchman's Creek, and I may have read Jamaica Inn, but might be thinking of the film.

I read most of Hardy's books when I was in my 20s, but don't remember A Pair of Blue Eyes - although I have a copy so must have read it.

I'd forgotten The Shell Seekers, which I have read - there was also a sequel, September (which is not set in Cornwall); I remember reading them in the wrong order and was glad I did; I think I would have found September quite weak after Shell Seekers.

Thanks for suggesting the Wycliffe books, Evie - I've never tried any of these and I do like a bit of crime fiction amongst everything else.  I've read one Helen Dunmore (Burning Bright ) and found it a bit disturbing; I don't know if that was typical of her writing.  I have read The Forgotten Garden and enjoyed it, but agree with Ann about the coincidences.

Thanks all - lots to think about!



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book I was trying to remember, Jen, was Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale. It has a strong cornish feel to it as well as being, to me, a moving and unusual story.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There must be plenty of books set among the artist community of Cornwell, but I can't think of any of them.  I can just remember Sebastian's Faulk's The Fatal Englishman one of whose young Englishmen was artist Christopher Wood who was at times part of the St Ives community.  Or thereabouts.  

Now I'm thinking tin and I remember a saga about that.  Whose?  Cazalet? Elizabeth Jane Howard?  or something else?  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another detective writer who has Penzance as a base for her heroine’s investigations is Janie Bolitho. The books are a light read with the villain easy to spot. Far superior are the W J Burley books with his Inspector Wycliffe cases (Wycliffe and the guild of nine is set in an Cornish artists’ colony.)
If you wanted a non-fiction book and liked gardens, Jen, maybe the book of the TV series The Lost Gardens of Heligan would be of interest. As you know it isn’t far from St. Austell – we spent a full day there on our last trip to the UK and still never saw everything.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick Gale is an author who lives in Cornwall now and I think a number of his novels are set there, as mentioned above - Notes From An Exhibition.

There is also 'To The Lighthouse' (St Ives) by Virginia Woolf, of course.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the suggestions - I'll research some of these in a bit more detail in the next couple of weeks and decide on one or two.  

Castorboy - looking at a map, I see we are staying within cycling distance of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, so we might well visit.  That is, if I can persuade the rest of my family that it's worth it.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:13 am    Post subject: Re: Books linked with places Reply with quote

Green Jay wrote:

For Lyme Regis, books include The French Lieutenant's Woman, of course, and Jane Austen's Persuasion. Further along the coast, in Devon, The Sidmouth Letters by Jane Gardam, continues the watering place and Jane Austen theme, examining in fiction a hinted-at romantic episode in JA's life.

Even further westwards, Exmouth could become a place for Graham Hurley fans to visit. His new detective series begins with Western approaches and the arrival in the town of Sergeant Jimmy Suttle from Portsmouth and the DI Joe Faraday series. Of course it can’t be a coincidence that Hurley lives in Exmouth….


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Books linked with places Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
Green Jay wrote:

For Lyme Regis, books include The French Lieutenant's Woman, of course, and Jane Austen's Persuasion. Further along the coast, in Devon, The Sidmouth Letters by Jane Gardam, continues the watering place and Jane Austen theme, examining in fiction a hinted-at romantic episode in JA's life.

Even further westwards, Exmouth could become a place for Graham Hurley fans to visit. His new detective series begins with Western approaches and the arrival in the town of Sergeant Jimmy Suttle from Portsmouth and the DI Joe Faraday series. Of course it can’t be a coincidence that Hurley lives in Exmouth….


I have the second Joe Faraday novel on my Kindle, but I understand that the series stays in Portsmouth for several books.  I am sure I will eventually get to the Exmouth ones.  I have been to Exmouth beach a couple of times, and have cycled around the Exe estuary, but don't remember visiting the town.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right, Jen, the Faraday novels, 12 in all, do stay mainly in Portsmouth and arrive at a satisfactory ending. I have a feeling the Suttle series will be just as compelling for us crime fans.



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