I bought this book from the National Trust Gift Shop at Tintagel Castle last year. This was a perfect summer read for me.
Synopsis from GoodReads
“Ghosts walk in the open and infidelities are conducted in plain sight. Two teenagers walk along a perfect beach in the anticipation of a first kiss. Time stops for nothing – not even for death. Sometimes time cracks, disrupting a fragile equilibrium. The stories are peopled with locals and incomers, sailors and land dwellers; a diver searches the deep for what she has lost, and forbidden lovers meet in secret places. Throughout, the writers’ words reveal a love of the incomparable Cornish landscape.
This bold and striking new anthology showcases Cornwall’s finest contemporary writers, combining established and new voices”
I enjoyed this collection it really captures the essence of Cornwall. I’d love to talk about all these stories but to keep this post to a decent length I thought I’d highlight some of my favourites, ones that stood out for me:
An Arrangement by Tom Vowler this story about a husband and wife tugs at the heart.
The Siren Of Treen by Emma Staughton I loved this story with the atsmophere of the farm and the sea, athough one part was a bit disconcerting I wanted to read more.
Too Hot Too Bright by S.Reid A Beautiful story of loss and love.
The Haunting Of Bodmin Jail by Anastasia Gammon was one of the best ghost stories I’ve ever read. A great clever story.
There’s a beautiful poem at the start Talk Of Her by Katherine Stansfield, I had no idea when I bought the book I’m reviewing next The Magpie Tree that is was by the same author, the poem is about a lady-Dorothy Pentreath- who gained the reputation of being the last native Cornish speaker.
This really is a lovely evocative collection interspersed with wonderful woodcut illustrations by a Cornish artist Angela Annesley this is perfect for lovers of Cornwall and those who love a good short story.
The Next Review is another Cornish inspired tale: The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield…..