Vanishing Cornwall, Paperback Book
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'There was a smell in the air of tar and rope and rusted chain, a smell of tidal water.

Down harbour, around the point, was the open sea. Here was the freedom I desired, long sought-for, not yet known.

Freedom to write, to walk, to wander, freedom to climb hills, to pull a boat, to be alone . . . I for this, and this for me.'Daphne du Maurier lived in Cornwall for most of her life.

Its rugged coastline, wild terrain and tumultuous weather inspired her imagination, and many of her works are set there, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman's Creek.

In Vanishing Cornwall she celebrates the land she loved, exploring its legends, its history and its people, eloquently making a powerful plea for Cornwall's preservation.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 212 pages, Integrated: 90, int colour
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Places & peoples: pictorial works
  • ISBN: 9781844088539

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"A parson, when he turns odd, does it thoroughly, especially if he lives in Cornwall; in fact, he may be said to go the whole hog."King Arthur, King Mark (Marcus), Tristan & Iseault, Avalon, Tintagel, Carlyon, Warleggan, Copper Mining, Helstone, Pirates of Penzance, Manderley. It's all here and more.If you're like me, everything has been coming up Cornwall lately. Recently discovered the 2004 BBC North & South miniseries which I have watched over and over again 3 times. Then I read the book. Then I listened to it read to me by Juliet Stevenson. I'm besotted with it all. Then Poldark started on Masterpiece, so I drooled over that for the duration of the series. In the meantime I'm listening to the Mists of Avalon most of which takes place in Cornwall. I'm also listening to H is for Hawk which takes a lot from T.H. White who wrote Once and Future King which is all Cornwall. Then I remember that one of my favorite books and movies of all time is Rebecca. That was in Cornwall? I had no idea! And you know Sense & Sensibility, well those Dashwoods are packed off to Cornwall. I hadn't caught that before. And I just watched the 2008 BBC Sense & Sensibility miniseries, which is far and away better than the movie, highly recommended, and the Cornwall-ness of their new abode is all too romantically apparent in the miniseries.So, back to this book. If your life has been coming up Cornwall, this is a neat travelogue with lots of juicy stories interspersed with the history. And written by Daphne du Maurier, bonus!If you're not curious about Cornwall, this book will NOT float your boat.

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