The Cornish Reading Challenge, running from the 5th of March until the 9th of May, aims to promote reading and Cornwall, arguably the best county in Britain. Jane Cable, author of The Faerie Tree, shares her recommendations for the Cornish Reading Challenge.
I’m afraid I am going to re-iterate some of the fabulous titles which have already been mentioned, particularly as Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers is one of my favourite books of all time. But I liked Coming Home almost as much and that is less well-known.
Mary Wesley’s Camomile Lawn is her most famous Cornish novel and a popular choice but I enjoyed Harnessing Peacocks far more. I like Hebe’s unconventional take on life – it seems especially suited to a backdrop in Cornwall.
Judy Astley’s Just for the Summer is a sharp, witty, holiday read about Londoners who decamp to their Cornish second homes for the summer. It was the first Judy Astley I read but certainly not the last.
I am not always good at remembering the names of books, so this one I had to hunt for but I finally tracked it down: Patrick Gale’s Notes From an Exhibition perfectly captures (for me, anyway) the artist community at St Ives.
Finally Lucy Wood’s anthology Diving Belles is fabulous dip into holiday reading – as is Daphne Du Maurier’s Cornwall – written by the author herself and now not so easy to track down. But it gives great context to her other writing.
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