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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781474625098

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‘I can’t think of a more enjoyable or more illuminating guide to Cornwall than Petroc Trelawny, who knows it intimately, loves it deeply, and shares it generously’ – THE REVEREND RICHARD COLES

It would be hard to think of a more thoroughly Cornish name than Petroc Trelawny. His first name is shared with one of Cornwall’s most celebrated saints, his second is the name of its unofficial national anthem. But when a stranger challenges the Radio 3 presenter on his ancestry, he is inspired to return to the lands of his boyhood to rediscover the place where he grew up, and attempt to confirm if he still belongs there.

Part history, part memoir, this is a deeply felt exploration of Cornwall – past, present and future. Petroc embarks on a slow journey that sees him visit old mine workings, ancient churches, sites where new technology was forged, and places where poets, musicians, architects and film makers have worked to shape Cornwall’s cultural identity. He explores the Tamar, the river that marks out the Cornish frontier, and holds a finger up to winds of change, exploring the collapse of Methodism, the decline of the Cornish language, and the complex , sometimes lucrative, sometimes destructive, relationship with tourism.

As he travels by road, rail and foot, he conjures marvellously vivid figures and scenes from memory, telling the stories of a loving family full of mysteries and a landscape still redolent of ‘Cornish otherness’.


Trelawny's Cornwall sits perfectly balanced between personal remembrance and the historical celebration of a nation. I loved it!
I can't think of a more enjoyable or more illuminating guide to Cornwall than Petroc Trelawny, who knows it intimately, loves it deeply, and shares it generously
Utterly engaging and full of sly pleasures . . . an authoritative, insider's survey of all the high achieving men and women who made Cornwall the fascinating place it is today but also a deeply personal memoir which manages elegantly to sidestep all the usual pitfalls of autobiographies of household names
Anyone who loves Cornwall and understands its charm will become a complete fan of this. I thoroughly enjoyed Petroc's gentle humour and acute observations. Plus there is so much wonderful information about Cornish life and history here
A delightful book, beautifully written, in which the author interweaves his Cornish background with subjects that fascinate him - from music and Methodism to shipwrecks, mining and the role of Cornwall in long-distance communications, all bedded in a love for the people and culture of the south-west. This book will be a huge pleasure to those who share his passion for this part of the world and a revelation to others. I cannot recommend it too highly
The broad knowledge, fluency and personal passions that Petroc Trelawny brings to classical music find a very special voice for Cornwall in all its diverse incarnations. I loved this book