For the challenge this year, I’ve chosen two books: The Thief’s Daughter by Victoria Cornwall, and Under A Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick. There are so many wonderful books set in Cornwall for you to choose from – here’s a few I’d recommend.
Poldark by Winston Graham
You can’t have a Cornish book list without including the increasingly popular Poldark. Brought to the screen on BBC, the Poldark series is enchanting and enjoyable.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The same can be said about du Maurier. Arguably the most famous Cornish writer, you’ll be missing out if you don’t pick up at least one of her books. Rebecca is my personal favourite.
The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
Publisher, writer, Cornish maid – Johnson has it all, and so do her books. You can really feel her personal history woven through the pages of her books.
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
Now, this book isn’t set in Cornwall, but Gale does hail from the county, and, because it is such a glorious book, it deserves to be mentioned.
You’re The One That I Want by Angela Britnell
Britnell shares her time between Nashville and Cornwall, and you can see those influences in her work. If you’re looking for a romance, look no further.
The Shiver Stone by Sharon Tregenza
Tregenza is a perfect choice for younger readers. Although this book is set in Wales, Tregenza herself lives in Cornwall.
The Dust of Ancients (The Lynher Mill Chronicles #1) by Terri Nixon
Fantasy set in Cornwall? What better place to draw mystical ideas than the glorious landscapes of Cornwall.
Cat and The Dreamer by Annalisa Crawford
Crawford is a true West Country maid, and her work is breathtaking.
There’s Something About Cornwall by Daisy James
Indeed there is! James’s books are humourous and enticing, and a fantastic addition to anyone’s Cornish to-read pile.
The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable
If you love a good romance with touches of folklore, look no further.
The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland
Although Maitland lives in Devon, and her books are set all over the country, she deserves an honourary mention, simply because her books are not to be missed (and, don’t forget, the Cornish Reading Challenge does include the whole of the West Country!).
What will you be reading this year? Let us know in the comments below, or engage with us on Twitter: @VikkiPatis #CornishReadingChallenge