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For Valour - West Country VCs
by E V Thompson
3.99

ISBN: 978 185022 185 2
235x175mm - 88 pages

REDUCED!   This book tells the stories of West Country VCs won in the Indian Mutiny, the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars. Some of the stories are familiar, while others are less well known.

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Pasties and Cream
by Hettie Merrick
4.99

ISBN: 978 185022 197 5
210x147mm - 72 pages

Pasties and Cream is a wonderful collection of reminiscences and recipes from Cornwall. Hettie Merrick was brought up in Porthleven during the 1930s and 1940s. For many years she ran a pasty shop in her native village; a tradition carried on by her daughter Ann down at the Lizard.

A delightful read which is sure to evoke happy memories for those who lived through those days and for those who didn't as a reminder of what we have lost.

20 black and white illustrations.

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Letters from Lamledra
by Majorie Williams - edited by Cassandra Phillips
4.99

ISBN: 978 185022 203 3
210x147mm - 158 pages

REDUCED!  Letters from Lamledra is a local treasure trove of wartime letters and diaries.

The larger part of the book consists of selections from Marjorie Williams’ daily letters in 1914-1918 to her husband John Fischer Williams while she was living in the newly-built Lamledra (the house near Gorran Haven, Cornwall), and he was working in London. The letters record her life there with her children – the struggles to grow vegetables, the local gossip, the sightings of U-boats, her love for her husband and the continuous beauty of the Cornish coast.

The book also includes her poignant 1939-1941 “War journal” which she wrote in Lamledra during the Second War when she was almost single-handedly growing large quantities of vegetables to help the war effort and looking after her elderly husband.

Marjorie Williams was not only a writer and gardener – she was also a highly accomplished artist, and the book is illustrated by her watercolours and etchings of Gorran and its surroundings over 90 years ago and by photographs of the family.

The book is introduced and edited by Marjorie's grand-daughter, Cassandra Phillips.   

A rare treasure trove of letters and diaries recording day-to-day family life on an isolated Cornish headland with three small children, a potato patch, orchard and kitchen garden against a background of chaotic destruction in Europe and guns booming at sea. Anyone who loves Cornwall will love this magical book by Marjorie Williams, whose writing is as clear, crisp and fresh as the watercolours she made of the fields, farms and fishing villages round about.
Hilary Spurling