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Now that the evenings are drawing in and the air is getting a bit chilly, it's time to wrap up in a blanket and enjoy a good book. Why not come and visit us at our fantastic riverside hotel in Fowey, the area was beloved by famous author Daphne du Maurier where she wrote her first novel? Below is a list of excellent reads that are either based in Cornwall or the authors wrote novels here.
Woman reading a book

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

The first novel in Winston Graham's hit series, a rather weary Ross Poldark has returned to England after hard fighting in the American War of Independence. He looks forward to a wonderful homecoming to his beloved Elizabeth and farmyard home, only to find that his father has passed away, his home is overrun with livestock and drunken servants and his beloved Elizabeth, believing that Ross was killed in the war, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross Poldark has no other choice than to start his life anew.

This book is a fantastic and engaging start to the Poldark series, it is heart-warming and incredibly gripping, set over the windy sweeping landscape of Cornwall. The unforgettable cast of characters that span for generations adds to this extraordinary masterpiece by Winston Graham.

The Birds and other stories by Daphne du Maurier

As mentioned earlier, Fowey was home to the wonderful Daphne de Maurier, famed for novels such as Rebecca. The Birds is a classic novelette, adapted famously by Alfred Hitchcock in his 1963 film. This story is a classic alienation horror, the five other stories in the book all seem to echo a sense of dislocation while mocking man's sense of dominance over the natural world. The mountain of "Monte Verita" promises immortality at an awful price; a neglected wife haunts her husband in the form of an apple tree; a photographer, steps away from the camera and into the subject's life; dating a cinema usherette ends in a strange walk through a cemetery; and an envious father discovers a remedy when three is a crowd.

We advise getting a hold of this fantastic set of novelettes and why not discover more about the life and works of Daphne du Maurier while you visit Fowey and her literacy centre?

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Kate Morton loves Cornwall, and it shows; her novels bring together all that is stunning and almost fairy-tale-like about the Polperro area in Cornwall.

The Lake House is set at a lake house in the beautiful Polperro. The house was once the family home of the Edevane family, and during a garden party one summer's evening, baby Theo disappears and is never seen again. After the shocking event, the house is left abandoned, then in 2003, a police detective spends her leave with her grandfather in Cornwall and stumbled upon the house, searching for the truth of her own.

I Do Not Sleep by Judy Finnigan

Judy Finnigan, a well-known author, television presenter and columnist, set this novel in one of her most favourite places in Cornwall. This book is an intensely emotional and relentless novel, set in the stunning Coombe in Looe, Cornwall. Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her 20-year-old son, Joey, to the sea in an awful sailing accident. Only his empty boat was washed ashore, and his body was never found. Molly returns to the Cornish sands still haunted by his disappearance. She is unable to accept he is gone due to Joey being an experienced sailor who died on a calm sea. Things just do not add up for Molly, so she desperately begins searching for answers and turns to Joey's best friend Benjamin, looking to discover what happened that day.

We hope you enjoy reading these books as much as we have, why not stay in our beautiful Fowey accommodation and indulge in a good read?










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