World Book Day was successfully celebrated in as many as 100 countries last year, and we’re sure you’d agree that sometimes there’s nothing better than just submerging yourself in a great book. A good read is something that goes hand-in-hand with the relaxing glamping experience you are sure to receive when you stay in an abode with Quality Unearthed.
If you want something new to read while you’re in the luscious county of Devon then why not check out our interesting feature on four famous Devon-inspired books, while enjoying a break in our glamping Devon abodes?
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Jane Austen set her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, in and around ‘Barton’ (described in the book as ‘four miles northward of Exeter’), based on the village of Upton Pyne. Many identifiable locations are mentioned in the book, including the village church where the characters Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars get married, and the grand property of Barton Park, believed to be inspired by real-life Pynes, an imposing period building near the village. Dawlish also gets a mention.
The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle
Dartmoor was the inspiration and backdrop for Conan Doyle’s most famous tale. The novel is believed to be based on the story of local ‘monstrously evil man’ Richard Cabell of Buckfastleigh (his tomb still stands in Buckfastleigh churchyard): legend has it that when he died in the 1670s, fire-breathing dogs raced howling across the moor. Baskerville Hall itself is argued to be either Hayford Hall or Brook Manor, both near Buckfastleigh, and many believe that Fox Tor Mire was the setting for the fictional Great Grimpen Mire.
Tarka the Otter, by Henry Williamson
Tarka the Otter: His Joyful Water-Life and Death in the Country of the Two Rivers, is set around the areas of Barnstaple and Bideford, where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet the sea. The story tells a tale of the wonderful wildlife in and around the water, and Williamson used real place names throughout the book: Bideford Long Bridge; The Beam Aqueduct, the ‘Canal Bridge’ near Weare Giffard where Tarka is born; Braunton Burrows; the clay pits at Marland; Morte Point; and Hoar Oak Water. The book begins and ends near Torrington.
Westward Ho!, by Charles Kingsley
Dartmoor born Charles Kingsley wrote his novel Westward Ho! before the North Devon resort of Westward Ho! existed – it was named after the book. Development began ten years after the 1855 novel was published, in order to cash in on its success and to satisfy the Victorians’ passion for seaside holidays. Westward Ho! is set in and around Bideford and abroad, opening with the words: “All who have travelled through the delicious scenery of North Devon must needs know the little white town of Bideford,” and many buildings and locations mentioned still survive today.