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Novels set in Pembrokeshire

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reup Sat 25-Feb-17 08:11:04

I have this thing that I like to a read a book set where I'm going on holiday when I'm there. I had a great experience in Paris reading a book at a cafe and the actual little square I was in, was mentioned.

So am off to Pembrokeshire so wondered if anyone had any suggestions. I've had a bit of a google but recommendations would be great.


WateryTart Sat 25-Feb-17 08:19:20

I haven't read any of them but have seen them in the local bookshops and they seem very popular.

26milesofcbeebies Sat 25-Feb-17 08:45:27

Oystercatchers by Susan Fletcher is partly set in Stackpole, in Pembrokeshire. It's on my to read pile, so I've no idea if it's any good yet!

woodhill Sat 25-Feb-17 08:48:39

Some of Susan Howatch novels - Wheel of Fortune - Gower peninsula I think.

reup Sat 25-Feb-17 09:32:32

Thanks - I'll have a look at those. I read Wheel of Fortune whilst on holiday in the Gower! After seeing it on a similar thread on here.

There was another one on that thread Peacocks in Paradise I think - its in Carmarthenshire I think.

woodhill Sat 25-Feb-17 09:36:53

Wheel of fortune is amazing. I've read it twice. I found it in Florida in a condo.

MsAnnThropic Sat 25-Feb-17 09:43:13

On Angel Mountain. Have a great time. I'm from Pembrokeshire. It's a beautiful part of the world!

frazzled3ds Sat 25-Feb-17 09:51:43

I second the Angel Mountain books, once you get in to them they're great, and have many references to the north of the county in particular as well as historical, factual detail too. There is a website (Martha Morgan Country or similar - site name escapes me) that adds further detail on the places featured. I know the author through a previous job I had, and he and his wife also run a candle making place in Cilgwyn (there's also a small brewery near it too!) I live in Pembrokeshire, lots of lovely places to visit and things to do. There's quite a contrast between the north and south of the county - south has the bulk of theme parks and kids focussed places, the north more 'cultural' and historic. If you'd like any suggestions on where to go and what to do feel free to PM - happy to help!

reup Sat 25-Feb-17 13:36:49

Thank you all so much. The books sound great. Ill think of some questions to ask - we are staying in Broad Haven. We're bringing our dog so lots of beaches and attractions might be off limits.

I went as a child there and stayed in Newport and remember going to a Caldy Island and taking our dog on the boat there, he wasn't very happy. Went to St Davids Cathedral too. I have lots of Welsh relatives - some in Aberystwyth and hopefully will meet them half way, somewhere dog friendly but ok for people who can't walk too far.

frazzled3ds Sat 25-Feb-17 16:11:21

Broad Haven is lovely smile

If you have a look at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards website, they are currently accepting nominations for the first 'Dog Friendly Awards' which will be judged shortly - contact details for the team will be on the site so they may well be able to recommend dog friendly places for you to visit too. (Pembrokeshire Tourism is a trade association for tourism businesses in the county, the Visit Pembrokeshire website is the county council maintained tourism promotion bit, also full of useful info on things to do and see!)

reup Sun 26-Feb-17 07:11:07

Thanks, I'll check that out.

DartmoorDoughnut Sun 26-Feb-17 07:17:03

My grandpa loved the Angel books mentioned above

tripfiction Sun 26-Feb-17 20:30:08

Yup, reading books set in places you know are a great way to connect and get under the skin of a place...

I am just reading Paris for One by Jojo Moyes which might rekindle your connections with Paris (a couple of stories in this collection are set there)

For Pembrokeshire, here are my collated titles:

reup Sun 26-Feb-17 21:52:27

What a fantastic site, I've bookmarked it. Will be on it lots - wish I'd though of it!

BestIsWest Tue 28-Feb-17 22:40:00

I like to do this too but I'm struggling with this one. Not quite Pembrokeshire, but Aberystwyth, Mon Amour by Malcolm Price.

I Let You Go - Claire Mackintosh is set in The Gower, again not quite. Though the geography is not quite right and irritated me a bit.

JemimaMuddledUp Fri 03-Mar-17 07:47:58

Set in South Ceredigion rather than Pembrokeshire, but the best depiction of rural life in West Wales is the translation of Martha, Jac and Shanco by Caryl Lewis. Brilliant book.

Sadik Fri 03-Mar-17 21:32:11

Not a novel, but can I add Ann Lockley's autobiography Island Child about growing up on Skokholm in the 1930s and later in other parts of Pembrokeshire. It's a lovely gentle read and really brings the island to life.

Sadik Fri 03-Mar-17 21:33:40

Her father RM Lockley also wrote a number of nature books based around his life on the island btw, but I've not read them.

aniceearlynight Sun 05-Mar-17 18:29:45

The Owl Service by Alan Garner - critically acclaimed teen fantasy novel from the 1970s, weird and gripping.

The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals - great holiday read, set in and around Narberth in the 1920s. Lots of gentle humour and pathos, it would be hard not to enjoy this one.

LydiaGwilt Fri 10-Mar-17 18:49:16

'The Captain's Wife' by Eiluned Lewis is set in St David's (called St Idris in the novel) in the late 19th century and gives a charming picture of life at that time. And the National Trust shop in St David's is in the real captain's house (th
e novel is based on fact)!

QuentinSummers Fri 10-Mar-17 18:59:20

Paradise House by Erica James. I've read it but can't remember what happens so it's probably quite chick-lit-y

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