Walking in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers

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Happy New Year Everyone! OK, so you’re still the teensiest bit hung over from the excesses of Christmas and New Year. But now it’s 2016, and time to ditch that cabin fever. Come with me. Fill your lungs with invigorating sea air, and stride out past the creeks and coves of beautiful Cornwall. We’re in the company of busy Cornish writer, Sue Kittow, who has dropped by my blog this week to tell us about her two very entertaining books …

Flying the Flag for Cornwall

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You know me, any excuse to wax lyrical about Cornwall. The fact that the county has just been voted the UK’s favourite holiday destination for the SEVENTH time by the British Travel Awards is a definite reason to once again celebrate this gorgeous corner of England. If you’ve never been there, or (like me) are a regular visitor and suffering withdrawal symptoms because you’re not actually there at the moment, then here are a few images to wet your appetite. …

Can You Bake a Cornish Pasty? You Can Now…

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  They have a saying in Cornwall that a good diet is having a Cornish pasty in both hands. And when they’re as tasty as the one above then who would disagree? In the interest of research, over many years of visiting Cornwall, I’ve eaten a lot of pasties. Well…you have to, don’t you? Anyway, after all this dedicated tasting business I can report that the bestest EVER pasty comes from Ann’s Pasty Bakehouse (like the one above did)  on …

Poldark Review Episode Eight

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Well, Poldark doesn’t do things by halves, does it? With so much gloom, doom and bad news packed into one emotionally pummelled final episode it could have spelled disaster. But it didn’t. The conclusion of this first BBC series was one of the most compelling pieces of drama I’ve ever seen. We had financial ruin, family break up, a disease-racked community, and the loss of a child. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a disastrous shipwreck on Napara beach …

Poldark Review Episode Seven

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At last some meat on the bones. The best episode yet! This series has blown hot and cold over the past seven weeks, and there have been many times when, for me, the action dragged, but this wasn’t one of them. The plot took off a breakneck speed – and just kept going. Ross’s boyhood friend, Mark Daniel, finally gives in to his rage at flighty wife, Keren’s betrayal of him with the handsome Dr Dwight Enys – and although …

Poldark Review Episode Six

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Big news of the week was the Beeb signing Ross and Demelza – Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson – for a new series. Phew! Now we can all heave a sigh of relief, and Aidan can get on with renewing that gym membership. The new Poldark has been with us for only six short weeks, and already it feels like forever. Seeing the enigmatic Ross riding across the windswept Cornish cliffs, treacle-coloured curls and coat tails flying, has become a …

Poldark Review Episode Five

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There’s a new addition to Ross and Demelza’s family this week with the birth of baby Julia. Once again her bullying father turns up to spoil things at the Christening. I keep waiting for the explosive scenes I remember from the original series, but they don’t happen. I’m a little disappointed about this. It’s not a great idea to sacrifice drama and entertainment for the sake of sticking rigidly to the book. Don’t get me wrong, Winston Graham’s novels are …

Poldark Review – Episode Four

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There was a bit of Poldark bashing on Facebook last week, mainly criticising the lack of romantic build up between Ross and Demelza before their wedding, but in the books there was no great romance at that stage in the story. Ross had his wicked way with his kitchen maid, and he married her because he felt it was the right thing to do. When asked if he loves her, he says ‘we get on’. The earlier series indulged in …

Back Where It All Began

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You might just have noticed that I am totally in love with Poldark. It was the original TV series with the wonderful Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees that inspired my passion for Cornwall. So when I began writing fiction about five  years ago, there was no question of where my novels would be set. It had to be beautiful Cornwall. The mine scenes in the new Poldark series are set around the Botallack area. If you go there on your …

Poldark Review – Episode Three

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Well it was all happening in Episode Three, wasn’t it? Firstly, Ross became local hero when he re-opened the family mine, Wheal Leisure, providing jobs for all. …And then Elizabeth and Francis’s baby son was born. …And then Ross and Demelza got up close and personal. …And now they are married! WOW! …And, as it all that wasn’t enough, we had the pleasure of seeing the first Captain Poldark, Robin Ellis, in the same scene as our Aidan (Turner). For my …