World Book Day

Today, 1st March 2012, is World Book Day.  To mark the occasion I have looked into some of the West Country’s famous authors…………..


Dame Daphne du Maurier began writing short stories in 1928.  Her three most famous novels, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek and Rebecca were each inspired by her love of Cornwall, where she lived and wrote.  Turn back the clock to a bygone era with a stay at  Fishermans Cottage near Tintagel.



Dame Agatha Christie,  prolific English ‘Queen of Crime’ author, was born at the family home in Torquay on 15th September 1890. Over many years her books have captured the imagination of millions of readers and have attracted tourists to South Devon to visit her holiday home at Greenway, now a National Trust Property near Brixham.     A visit to this unique and atmospheric house can be combined with a trip on the steam train from Paignton  or perhaps a cruise on the River Dart for a really enjoyable day out.  Dart View at Galmpton is very close to the Greenway Estate.



Arthur C Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917.  An author and inventor, he is most famous for his science fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.                                

Sunnyside at Staple Fitzpaine is situated at the foot of the Blackdown Hills and close to Taunton where the author went to school.



Thomas Hardy, the son of a stonemason, was born in Dorset. All of his major novels were set in Wessex – Hardy’s fictional name for this beautiful county.

Visit the National Trust’s Hardy Country to see the house where he was born and Max Gate where he later lived.  

The Old Village Hall in Stratton overlooks the village green and has been sympathetically renovated whilst retaining many original features.

 New Forest 

Craig Simpson, born in the New Forest in 1962, has written four books in his Special Operations series, inspired by the amazing true stories of the spies and secret agents of WWII.

Breaches Barn is one of four converted barns at West Park Farm, Rockbourne – all lovely rural retreats on the edge of the New Forest National Park.


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