Books set in Devon by local author Liz Shakespeare.
About Liz Shakespeare…
|Books set in Devon by local author Liz Shakespeare. Liz has written six books inspired by the people, the history and the landscapes of Devon; they include novels based on true stories, social history and short stories.|
Liz has lived in Devon almost all her life; the family stories she grew up with and the sense of being firmly rooted in the area have been a powerful influence on her writing. She is interested in rural and social history, particularly the lives of the less advantaged.
Her first book was The Memory Be Green: An Oral History of a Devon Village. Then came Fever: A Story from a Devon Churchyard, an in-depth study which took seven years to research and write. The Turning of the Tide is a novel set in Bideford and Clovelly and based on the true story of a young mother who had the misfortune to spend several years in the workhouse, until a local doctor helped her to start a new life. All Around The Year is a book of short stories, one for each month of the year and each set in a different Devon location.
The Postman Poet is a novel telling the extraordinary true life story of Edward Capern. Despite only attending school for four months, the poems he composed while walking the Devon lanes on his postman’s round won him the support of the Prime Minister, Tennyson and Charles Dickens.
Liz’s most recent book, The Song of the Skylark, is based on the true story of a young parish apprentice sent to work on a remote Devon farm, and shines a light on the farming and chapel communities of nineteenth century Devon.
Liz will have all her books available at the Show and will be able to sign copies for customers.