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October 2005
    Literary Devon and Cornwall
Devon & Cornwall was home to two of Britainís most famous authors.   Agatha Christie, who is famous for her detective novels including Poirot and Miss Marple, had a family home on the Dart River in Devon and wrote one of her books on Burgh Island near Salcombe.   Meanwhile at the same in the 1920ís Daphne du Maurier was living in down the coast in Cornwall.   She wrote thrillers including Rebecca that was set near her home in Fowey.   All their homes can be visited by ferry.
Burgh Island located in sleepy south west Devon is separated from Bigbury on the mainland by a sandy causeway (above left).   When the tide is in it can be traversed by a sea tractor (left and below left).   This is a third generation tractor which was built in 1969.   The art deco hotel has recently been renovated and evokes another world (below).   The bedrooms are named after famous guests (above right) and the restaurant (below right) serves excellent food.
Agatha Christie lived at Greenway on the River Dart just north of Dartmouth.   It can be seen on river cruises from Totnes (below) or on the Dittisham to Dartmouth ferry (right).   The house is being restored by the National Trust.
Daphne du Maurier lived in Ferryside near Fowey in Cornwall (above left), beside the Boddinick ferry (above right).   She lived in several houses in the area and set several of her novels nearby including Rebecca and Jamaica Inn.
Bleak House
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Photo Facts (top to bottom)
Burgh Island photos taken in November 2004
River Dart photos taken in July 2005 and September 2005 (by Ant Veal)
Fowey photos taken in May 2005.
Cornish Ferries
Fowey to Bodinnick ferry
Dittisham Ferry
River Dart cruises
Burgh Island
Burgh Island images
Agatha Christie's Greenway
Daphne du Maurier
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