Penzance in 50 Buildings

Jun
23

Penzance in 50 Buildings

From the granting of borough status in 1614 through to its development as an industrial port and then as a fashionable seaside resort, the west Cornwall town of Penzance has a proud and distinctive history. This is embodied in the many fine buildings that have survived to illustrate its fascinating and varied past. Penzance in […]

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Jun
14

Abi’s Neighbour

Abi Carter has finally found happiness. Living in her perfect tin miner s cottage, she has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend, Max. Life is good. But all that s about to change when a new neighbour moves in next door. Cassandra Henley-Pinkerton represents everything Abi thought she d escaped when she left London. Obnoxious […]

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Jun
05

The Man Who Thought Outside The Box: The Life and Times of Doctor Who Creator Sydney Newman

Exactly where did the idea of Doctor Who come from? What did Canadian Sydney Newman do that changed British culture forever? We can trace the show’s origins back to a BBC report on the development of a science-fiction serial in the early 1960’s, but Sydney had been kicking the idea around a long time before […]

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Jun
03

Devotion

From the bestselling author of My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You and The Heroes’ Welcome, Louisa Young’s Devotion is a novel of family, love, race and politics set during the electric change of the 1930s. Tom loves Nenna. Nenna loves her father. Her father loves Mussolini. Ideals and convictions are not always so clear […]

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Jun
03

The Button Box: The Story of Women in the 20th Century Told Through the Clothes They Wore

A wooden box holds the buttons of three generations of women in Lynn Knight’s family – each one with its own tale to tell… Tracing the story of women at home and in work, from the jet buttons of Victorian mourning, to the short skirts of the 1960s, taking in suffragettes, bachelor girls, little dressmakers, […]

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Jun
03

The Witty Vagabond: A Biography of Crosbie Garstin (1887-1930) Author – Artist – Adventurer

When news filtered down to West Cornwall during Easter Sunday in 1930 that Crosbie Garstin, then aged just 42, was missing, feared drowned, after a boating accident at Salcombe, a deep sense of shock affected the countless friends, acquaintances and admirers of this “beloved, gifted, famous author and poet”, this “serious and conscientious artist”, this […]

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Jun
03

The Vanishing Futurist

When twenty-two-year-old Gerty Freely travels to Russia to work as a governess in early 1914, she has no idea of the vast political upheavals ahead, nor how completely her fate will be shaped by them. Yet as her intimacy with the charismatic inventor, Nikita Slavkin, deepens, she’s inspired by his belief in a future free […]

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Jun
03

In Search of Anne Brontë

Anne Brontë, the youngest and most enigmatic of the Brontë sisters, remains a best-selling author nearly two centuries after her death. The brilliance of her two novels – Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – and her poetry belies the quiet, yet courageous girl who often lived in the shadows of her more […]

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