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B1teS1ze Sat 22-Feb-20 14:05:37

Will be having a staycation this year. Always read books where I travel and just realised I’ve never done it for home.

Agatha Christie aside it looks like slim pickings.

Any recommendations?

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Ellmau Sat 22-Feb-20 19:06:21

How about some classics?

Sense and Sensibility
Lorna Doone

Also Tim Pears, In The Place Of Fallen Leaves, is good

Beekeeper1 Sat 22-Feb-20 19:11:31

Stalky & Co - Rudyard Kipling
Tarka The Otter - Henry Williamson, in fact, virtually everything by Williamson is set in Devon!
Yes to Lorna Doone
Hound of the Baskervilles - Conan Doyle

wonderrotunda Sat 22-Feb-20 19:19:06

Maybe Devon, the film says Cornwall but I don't think the book is so explicit - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, real page that book!

wonderrotunda Sat 22-Feb-20 19:19:39

Oooh Hound of the Baskervilles - good shout!

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 22-Feb-20 19:23:03

There is a new Ann Cleeve one set in Devon,

ILiveInSalemsLot Sat 22-Feb-20 19:27:15

Her0utdoors Sat 22-Feb-20 19:28:46

I was going to suggest Henry Williamston. Lorna Doone, all though little bit Somerset too. I loved the Moorland Mousey series as a girl, I grew up riding on Exmoor and have lovely memories. Johnny Kingdom must have written lots. Charles Kingsley? Hazel Erdley Wilmot?

Beekeeper1 Sat 22-Feb-20 19:40:35

Yes, of course, Charles Kingsley's 'Westward Ho!', I forgot that

ifigoup Sat 22-Feb-20 20:06:02

Diary of a Provincial Lady (and sequels) by E.M. Delafield would be perfect! It’s so funny!

notchickenagain Sat 22-Feb-20 23:09:27

I think a few of Robert Goddard's thrillers are set in Devon. Definitely west country anyway

B1teS1ze Sun 23-Feb-20 08:10:10

Thank you for all the suggestions.Anything else?Read most of the classics, was hoping for something more modern. Interesting how few there are.

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pollyhemlock Sun 23-Feb-20 10:03:33

The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig is very good. London family relocates to Devon. All does not go smoothly.

Maddaddam Sun 23-Feb-20 10:08:54

King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher, is set in a Devon fictional town very like Exmouth.

PegHughes Sun 23-Feb-20 11:10:39

If you like poetry there's Dart by Alice Oswald

ChessieFL Mon 24-Feb-20 19:12:17

Tim Weaver Never Coming Back is a missing person thriller mainly set in Devon. Many of his other books are also partly set there.

Most if not all of Belinda Bauer’s thrillers are set on Exmoor so Devon and Somerset.

XingMing Mon 24-Feb-20 20:37:36

Several recent Robert Goddard novels are set in SE Cornwall if you can stretch your envelope a bit. Saltash/Plymouth and villages close by.

pamplemoussed Mon 24-Feb-20 20:40:59

One for the kids - Michael Morpugo’s amazing adventures of Adolphus Tips is set in the south hams.

Murrfect Mon 24-Feb-20 20:44:49

The teacher by errr katerina diamond (maybe)
It’s modern set in Exeter n surrounds it’s got a few characters that if you squint right could be recognisable - and the Ann Cleeves in Ilfracombe/Barnstaple

Clawdy Mon 24-Feb-20 22:54:37

Marcia Willett's novels are usually set in Devon, with one or two featuring Cornwall instead. They are light, feel-good reads, great for holidays.

SJaneS48 Wed 26-Feb-20 20:48:38

Try The Moor by Sam Haysom - read it last year and I enjoy an intelligent horror! It revolves around a camping trip, strange things start to happen and one by one boys disappear.

Other than that as above, Sense & Sensibility. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) is also set in Devon - yes it’s a bit trashy but it’s a good yarn!

QuintusEstInHorto Thu 27-Feb-20 14:05:31

TP Fielden's Riviera series. Murder mysteries set in the 50s. Good fun!

TonTonMacoute Thu 27-Feb-20 17:53:56

Tim Pears has written several books set in Devon, In the Place of Fallen Leaves is one, and there is a West Country trilogy.

mondaypolomint Thu 27-Feb-20 23:40:57

There's a new Ann Cleeves book set in north Devon around Barnstaple called the long Call. She's written the Vera and Shetland series

Belacqua1975 Fri 28-Feb-20 08:48:24

Tim Pears, The Horseman is set in Devon. I haven't read it but I've heard it's fantastic. Patrick Gale, Notes from an Exhibition is Cornwall but has glimmers of Devon and is a wonderful book...

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