Richard and Judy's Blog

Cornwall

Tuesday 21 September 2010

JUDY

A lovely surprise reading the Sunday Times – three of the Book Club books are now in the S.T. top 10 – Sister, and The Snowman in the paperback fiction, and Operation Mincemeat at number two in the paperback non-fiction. This is really good news for the authors and once again we’re dead chuffed for them, and the other five who are also doing very well. And, by the way, I DO say ‘bogoff’ in the WHS telly ad, and NOT something rather more Anglo-Saxon. Many tweets to me about this! As if!

RICHARD

Hmmm. The audio-track never lies... no, obviously Judy doesn’t, otherwise my ‘Buy One Get One Free’ line would be meaningless. Anyway, we’ve just about done all the publicity for the Book Club for now, excepting a photo shoot down here in Cornwall tomorrow for OK Magazine. Haven’t done one of those for years. Still, good for the club and also good for Cornwall, which I promote every chance I get. It’s such a lovely county. We live in a very, very old hamlet – it’s in the Doomsday book but goes back much further, into the Iron Age. There’s an 11th Century church on the site of a 3rd Century one (Cornwall got Christianity pretty much direct from the Middle East via Ireland, well before the Romans converted east of the Tamar) and that itself is on the site of a pagan temple. The place reeks of the distant past. Don’t get me started on the actual historical possibility that a young Jesus of Nazareth came ashore on Looe Island, with his uncle, Joseph (uncle Joe ran the Phoenician trade routes from the Med, up the Bay of Biscay, and into Cornwall to trade for tin. His nephew is thought to have been the ship’s carpenter. Intriguing. ).

JUDY

Gawd, not that one again... tho’ it’s a historical possibility. There have been rumours about Christ landing in Cornwall for centuries...anyway, once we get the photos done it’s back to the novel for me. Hit a slightly sticky patch but think I’ve plotted my way round it and am moving forwards again. I’ve set it in this part of Cornwall and I’m using real place names and settings throughout. Some of the local restaurants and bistros will be pleased, or at least I hope so... I’m so enjoying writing about Cornwall; it’s so magical and atmospheric down here. Our trip around Bodmin Moor last week in the mist and rain was inspirational; it gave me several ideas for scenes, especially up around the Neolithic/Iron Age remains. They are amazing – forgive me if I’ve already blogged this but Trevethy Quoit, a huge stone burial chamber near St Cleer, is breathtaking, mysterious, and literally awe-inspiring.

RICHARD

It’s marked on most maps, even bog-standard motoring maps, so do visit it if you can. But it’s back to London for us on Thursday; I’m due on BBC Breakfast on Friday morning to talk about sitting in for Chris Evans for the next two weeks (doing a week in November and the week running up to Christmas, too). Looking forward to four weeks of such a fun show but oh dear, those pre-dawn starts. *Shudders visibly*. Oh well, no pain, no gain and all that. Bye from us both for now, and thanks again for all your encouragement and support over the book club. Really appreciated.

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  • Dear Richard and Judy,

    I too love writing about Cornwall. I also love getting Cornwall' out there' as I want to share it with the world.We are about to do something truly unique for Cornwall and release a cd of the legendary Brenda Wootton- in the 70s/'80' Brenda did for Cornwall what Nana Mouskouri did for Greece. http://www.livingincornwall.com/brenda-wootton.htm E.mail me if you would you like to know more?

    gloria

  • Hi, Richard and Judy,

    If you ever of a mind to 'plug' Cornish music on the Radio, we're about to launch a cd by the legendary Cornish singer, Brenda Wootton, it's an interesting story about 'lost ' tapes, Paris etc. www.livingincornwall.com.

    Brenda was to Cornwall, what Nana Mouskouri was to Greece!

    gloria