My new book, THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY, begins in my English hometown of Brighton, but the action quickly moves west along the southern-most edge of the country to an imaginary village near Penzance in Cornwall, in the far southwest of the UK. It’s a beautiful part of the country—full of jagged, surf-pounded cliffs, golden sandy beaches, stark moors, and lush gardens, and remarkably unspoiled little fishing villages.
I’m not sure what made me pick Cornwall as a destination for my main character, but somehow I always knew that that was where she would end up. Whatever the reason, I’m not the first writer to have experienced the pull of Cornwall as a fictional backdrop. Here are a few of my favorite reads set in and around the Cornish countryside.