Cornwall Week: Books Set in Cornwall, Part 1

Cornwall CreekAs I’m spending a few days in Falmouth in Cornwall, What Cathy Read Next has a Cornish theme this week.  I’ll be sharing reviews of books set in Cornwall and also listing some of the many books set in this part of the world.

The theme of my first list is historical fiction novels set in Cornwall.  Click on the book title to find the description on Goodreads.

Wrecker by Noel O’Reilly

The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield

Poldark by Winston Graham

The Cornish Dressmaker by Nicola Pryce

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

False Lights by K. J. Whittaker

The Daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwall

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

China Court by Rumer Godden

The Stranger by Kate Riordan


Do you have a favourite book set in Cornwall or have you read any of the books mentioned above?


12 thoughts on “Cornwall Week: Books Set in Cornwall, Part 1

  1. Daphne Du Maurier’s books (Frenchman’s Creek is historical, also the King’s General, Jamaica Inn)- Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers school stories-book 2 especially highlights the Cornish cliffs.

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  2. Mrbooks beat me to Malory Towers. I read at least one of them while on holiday in Cornwall as a child. I’ve read Jamaica Inn, but didn’t enjoy it, and three or four of the Poldark novels.

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    1. I think I’ve read a few more of the Poldark series but the later ones didn’t hold my attention as much. The Ross and Demelza ones are the best to my mind. On reflection, I’m not sure I’ve read Jamaica Inn – or if I did it must have been many years ago. Definitely have a copy on my bookshelves though…

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  3. Great list, Cathy! I have read Ross Poldark, The Rose Garden and most of du Maurier’s books. One of my favourite historical fiction novels set in Cornwall which hasn’t already been mentioned here is Penmarric by Susan Howatch.

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  4. The three that appeal the most to me are: “The Rose Garden”, “The Magpie Tree”, and “The Stranger”. One of my favorite books of all time is set in Cornwall. It is “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamunde Pilcher.

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