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Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles
Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.
Roman Britain, A Very Short Introduction
An excellent, brief overview of the Roman period in Britain by a leading specialist.
This classic, set in Cornwall, has all the elements of a guilty pleasure: piracy, murder, the High Church, a dying request and a dashing young horse thief.
Kingdom by the Sea
This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler's tale.
Du Maurier celebrates Cornwall, the county that served as the haunting backdrop for Rebecca, exploring its legends, history and people -- and making a powerful plea for its preservation.
The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology.
An archaeological history examining the development of societies in Britain from earliest times to the Roman conquest of 43 AD.
Set in Lyme Regis and Bath, this novel is possibly Austen's most mature finished work. There's particular pleasure for Bath-goers here, as much of the final action unfolds in streets and buildings that exist in Bath to this day.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Conan Doyle's only full-length novel featuring the beloved Sherlock Holmes, this intrigue is set on in eerie Dartmoor.
The Cornish Coast Murder
A classic crime novel first published in 1930s and set in a vividly depicted fishing village on the picturesque Cornish Coast. Inspector Bigswell must work with the shrewd Reverend Dodd to uncover the truth behind a mysterious murder.
Birds of Europe
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
Du Maurier's classic is a sustained, suspenseful psychological novel, memorably set on the Cornish coast. This book is a must-read for literarily inclined travelers to Du Maurier country. Our narrator is Mrs. de Winter whose husband, a widower, holds a growing obsession with his first wife.
Lonely Planet Devon & Cornwall
This comprehensive practical guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style includes local and regional color maps, a section of photographs, and chapters on history, culture and attractions.
In Search of England
The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings through the English countryside in the early days of the motorcar. Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and history of the place with his own keen observations.
A celebration of Britain's magnificent coast through authoritative text and oversized color photographs. Taylor not only captures the island's sheer limestone crags and rocky shores but also the coastline’s wildlife habitats, where terns and plovers bicker and wildflowers crown clifftop meadows.
A colorful, British produced map of Cornwall at a scale of 1:100,000.
England Southwest, Midlands, Wales Map
Presented in vivid color, this highly detailed road map of England and Wales reaches from Liverpool and Manchester, south to Penzance and Portsmouth. Scaled at 1:400,000.
A Pair of Blue Eyes
One of Hardy's lesser-known novels -- tragic, romantic -- and set in Cornwall.
King Arthur and His Knights
A volume of Arthurian legends directly attributable to Mallory's original tales.
No Fixed Abode, A Journey Through Homelessness from Cornwall to London
Charlie Carroll travels from Cornwall to London the old-fashioned and quaintly English way: on foot. Carroll explores ideas of homelessness as he experiences the life of a tramp firsthand. Mixing current affairs with travelogue, he interviews Boris Johnson, Jeremy Paxman and the homeless people who work with them along the way.
Rising Ground, A Search for the Spirit of Place
From Bodmin Moor and Tintagel to the granite tombs of the southwest, writer- journalist Philip Marsden profiles Cornwall’s most ancient sites and ritual places. At the heart of his discussion: the relationship between man and landscape.