Cornwall in Books

Cornwall in Books

Whether you are planning a holiday in Cornwall after the current situation with coronavirus is over, or you live in Cornwall, this is where you can find your own Cornwall in Books guide books and maps, whodunnits and crime novels, modern and historical novels, classic literature, romantic fiction and holiday reads – all books set in Cornwall.

There are books to suit everyone.

  • Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca to The Salt Path
  • The Poldark series to The Cornish Café series
  • PD James to Rosamunde Pilcher

There are books featuring photography of Cornwall’s fantastic coastline, and guide books and maps to lead you around the great county.

Below are some favourites. Or you can use the bar at the top of the page to find different types of books (or maps).

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Cornwall in Books


The Murder Game by Rachel Abbot

We were all there that day. Now one of us is dead…The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to Polskirrin – Lucas Jarrett’s imposing ocean-view home – it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy. Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl’s body floating towards the rocky shore.

Now, exactly one year later, Lucas has invited his guests back for a macabre anniversary.

But what Lucas has in store for them is nothing like a candlelight vigil. Someone who was there that night remembers more than they’ll admit to, and Lucas has devised a game to make them tell the truth.

Jemma believes she and Matt know nothing about what happened… but what if she’s wrong? Before you play a deadly game, make sure you can pay the price…

Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton

Three women. A chance to rewrite history…

1918.The Great War is over, and Clara Carter has boarded a train bound for Cornwall – to meet a family that would once have been hers. But they must never discover her secret…
1939. Hannah has always been curious about her mother’s mysterious past, but the outbreak of the Second World War casts everything in a new light. As the bombs begin to fall, Hannah and her brothers are determined to do their bit for the war effort – whatever the cost.
2020. Caroline has long been the keeper of her family’s secrets. But now, with her own daughter needing her more than ever, it’s time to tell the truth – to show Natalie that she comes from a long line of women who have weathered the storms of life, as hardy and proud as the rugged Cornish coastline…

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a sweeping, epic novel of mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, and a love that lasts a lifetime…

Novels set in Cornwall

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Many of the books above are also available using Audible Audiobooks.

Cornwall History, Heritage and Factual Books and Cornish Biographies

Below are some of the most read Cornish local history and heritage books, or facts and curiosities books. Click here to read more:

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Cornish Guide Books and Maps

You can see all the guide books and maps for Cornwall here, including some of the favourites below:

Photographic Books of Cornwall

See more photographic and pictorial books here.

Where in Cornwall?

Just some examples of where in Cornwall some of the novels are set:

  • The house of Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s novels is based on her own home, Menabilly, which is near Fowey.
  • The Poldark novels are set in North Cornwall.
  • ‘Zennor in Darkness’ is set in, well, Zennor, also on the north coast of Cornwall near St Ives.
  • Going to Padstow? Try Rick Stein’s autobiography.

The books below follow – in very different ways – the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset, all the way through North Devon, Cornwall and South Devon, finishing in Dorset:

  • The South West Coast Path guide book from Cicerone
  • The Salt Path, by Raynor Winn
  • Travels With Boogie: 500 Mile Walkies, by Mark Wallington
  • while Careless in Red, the Inspector Linley whodunnit, has a different take on the South West Coast Path!

Links to Articles and Blogs on Cornwall’s Books

You can read more about some of Cornwall’s literary connections here:

Cornwall in Books