Connection: Arthur Quiller Couch

Messing About in Boats, Kenneth Grahame

When Kenneth Grahame first arrived in Fowey in 1899 he was on the retreat from an ardent admirer, Elspeth Thomson. She was thirty-seven, a tricky age for the times. She considered Kenneth an ideal catch. His position as Secretary of the Bank of England was solid and respectable, yet he had also written three books,… Read more »

Daphne du Maurier

Daphne de Maurier (1907-1989) was an English writer whose atmospheric books were often set in Cornwall. A number of her novels and short stories became successful films, most notably Rebecca and The Birds.

A Dark, Diabolic Beauty, Daphne du Maurier,

In her early twenties, Daphne du Maurier had an eerie experience on Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor, which gave her the bones for Jamaica Inn, one of her most popular novels. She owed her first sight of this now famous inn to a suggestion by her friend Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Q, as he was known, lived in… Read more »

The Freedom I Desired, Daphne du Maurier

Discovery The other two doves were her sisters Angela and Jeanne. The siblings had been ‘cherished, loved, protected’, but kept within a gilded cage. Nineteen-year-old Daphne was the one who had felt the most constrained and she was now ‘ready for adventure’. In 1926 she travelled from London with her mother, Muriel, and sisters in… Read more »