Cornwall: A Literary Introduction
A look at some of the writers who have been inspired by the landscape of England's far south western corner.
A Place for Grief, a Place for Love Katherine Mansfield,
The time Katherine Mansfield spent in Bandol provided respite, healing, happiness and a breakthrough in her writing.
Why go to Saint-Juliot? Thomas Hardy Meets Emma Gifford
St Juliot Cornwall
As a trainee architect, Thomas Hardy travelled to remote north-west Cornwall, and fell in love with the woman he met there, Emma Gifford.
Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy
Coorong National Park South Australia
A wild, windswept place, a boy and a pelican in a story that has become a rite of passage for generations of Australian children.
Honoré de Balzac: The Optical Gastronomer
While learning his craft in a garret Balzac soaked up Paris and its people on nocturnal wanderings he called 'optical gastronomy'.
Growing Pains, Daphne du Maurier
On the surface, Daphne du Maurier’s childhood and adolescence appear charmed. Yet conflicts about her sexuality, parental relationships, and shyness often left her feeling lost and confused.
Summer’s Breath, Shakespeare’s Birthplace
For all its brilliance and risk taking, Shakespeare's language bears the unmistakable stamp of a Midlands country boy.
A Lake, a Moon, a Sword, Morte d’Arthur, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Dozmary Pool, Cornwall
On the moors of Cornwall lies a lake steeped in myth, with links to Arthurian legend.
A New Chapter, Nancy Mitford at Heywood Hill Bookshop
10 Curzon Street Mayfair London
The Second World War changed Nancy Mitford’s life. She worked for Heywood Hill in his Mayfair bookshop, fell in love, and wrote her first bestseller.
Poldark, Mad Mike and Pilchards, Winston Graham
Penberth Cove, Cornwall
How I came to be scrambling over a set from the Poldark series just before dawn.
Donizetti’s Furtive Tear, Bergamo, Italy
A rags to riches story set in the Lombardy town of Bergamo
T.E. Lawrence’s Clouds Hill
Clouds Hill Dorset
After his Arab campaign, the widely celebrated TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) chose to live anonymously, and poured his heart into creating an unusual and humble home in Dorset.
He Left In Autumn
Keats House, Hampsted
‘Mr Keats left Hampstead’. Those are the words Fanny Brawne wrote in her pocket book the day Keats set out from London for Rome.
The Land of a Million Rice Fields, Yuan Phai, Tale of Lanna
Chiang Mai Thailand
This epic 15th century war poem describes the defeat of the ancient Lanna Kingdom of the north by the might of the Siamese army