The Cornish Bookshop

Hello and welcome to The Cornish Bookshop. Originally this was a stand alone website but we decided that there was just too much repetition between what we offer in Hurley Books in Mevagissey and what we offer here so we brought the two together.

You can still search for the books in our eBay and Amazon shops and we are still supporting local authors, publishers and distributors. It’s really important to us that everyone can make a reasonable living out of what they love doing and are talented at. By buying through us on Amazon rather than directly from Amazon our authors make more profit.

If you are looking for something in particular or you would like us to come and have a look t a collection you wish to sell then please get in touch directly. As well as books we also buy postcards, old newspaper, scrap album and so on. Anything basically! Get in touch and we’ll talk it over. 01726842200 or enquiries@hurleybooks.co.uk


Cornwall Today Reading Group
March: Faukt Line  – Robert Goddard

A search for missing documents in an international mining company becomes a voyage into dangerous waters.
A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Jonathan Kellaway’s youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him when he is tasked with discovering why there is a gaping hole in his employer’s records – and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies of those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before. If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list.
Words from Robert Goddard about the book
Anyone who’s visited the Eden Project – or simply driven through the area on the A30 heading for the beaches of the far west – will have seen the strange, white-capped moonscape that is Cornwall’s china clay country. The industry has   left very visible scars, some of them oddly beautiful: vast, derelict drying sheds, cobalt blue lakes in abandoned pits, verdant green conical hills of overgrown waste. And naturally it’s shaped the lives of generations of local people who have worked in it.
Travelling round the china clay country, I felt instinctively it had that indefinable resonance that attracts me to a place as the setting for a novel. I knew then that it would have to be a novel spanning several decades, simply to reflect the scale and history of the industry, not to mention its international dimension: china clay is big business around the world.
But at its heart, in Cornwall, it’s also a family business. And so this novel is very much the story of a family, the Wrens of St Austell, and the tragedies that strike them as they struggle to adjust to changing times. Those tragedies appear at first sight to be nothing more than the vagaries of fate. But the story’s central character, Jonathan Kellaway, a man who has made a career and a good living out of china clay, is forced in the course of the novel to confront the frightening possibility that something altogether more sinister lies behind the misfortunes of the Wren family.
The span of the story gives us the opportunity to travel with Kellaway through more than forty years of his life, during which Wren & Co transforms itself from a small, uncompetitive company into thriving multinational Intercontinental Kaolins. But there is a price to be paid for that transformation by people Kellaway knows and loves. Eventually, he will have to face the truth of what has happened to them – and to himself.
Journey with him from the heady days of his 1960s youth through to the terrible discoveries of his later years. Industries rise and fall and families with them. But some lost loves can be regained. And some defeats can be redeemed. Decide for yourself if you back Jonathan Kellaway to win through against the odds.

Cornwall Today Reading Group
February: The Cornish House – Liz Fenwick

Artist Maddie is still shocked and grieving after the death of her husband when she arrives at her new home in Cornwall in the middle of the night.
Maddie has inherited Trevenen, a beautiful, but neglected house near Helford.  As she and her stepdaughter Hannah struggle with their grief and their uneasy relationship, Maddie finds herself enchanted by Trevenen and begins to discover as much of its past as she can. As Trevenen’s secrets begin to unfold, and Maddie falls in love with her new surroundings, their future in their beautiful Cornish home is threatened.
Liz Fenwick first visited Cornwall in 1989 and visited the Helford area, which she describes as ‘magical’ and this is her second book published about the county.
Liz’s third book A Cornish Stranger will be published in May 2014.
This is a gentle read, evocative of the beauty of the tranquil part of the Lizard Peninsual where it is set, and an involving journey through loss, grief and change. At times it will make you laugh, and at others it will make you cry, but from the moment you open the pages, you will be transported to the ramshackle charms of Trevenen and the surrounding area, and the magic of the Cornish countryside.
For more information about Liz and her other books visit www.lizfenwick.com

Cornwall Today Reading Group
January: Notes From a Cornish Shed – Pete Cross

Over the years we have frequently been asked if there is an anthology of Pete Cross’s popular Backalong columns, which Cornwall Today readers know and love. Now, we can say with pride that there is.  In his recent book Notes From A Cornish Shed, readers can enjoy some of Pete’s finest musings on topics from naming Cornish twins, to goose husbandry, to the quintessential smell of summer.


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Cornwall Today Reading Group
December: The Sleeper – Emily Barr

This month’s book is a wonderful psychological thriller. Lara Finch is living a lie.
Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace. Only her friend Iris disbelieves the official version of events, and sets out to find her. For Iris, it is the start of a voyage that will take her further than she’s ever travelled and on to a trail of old crimes and dark secrets. For Lara, it is the end of a journey that started a long time ago. A journey she must finish, before it destroys her…






Cornwall Today Reading Group
November: Wycliffe and the Scapegoat – WJ Burley

Hello, we will be talking about this month’s title over at Cornwall Today

An ancient legend, an all-too modern murder, and Chief Superintendent Wycliffe must find the link between them …Every year, at Halloween, high on the Cornish cliffs, a life-sized effigy of a man is strapped to a blazing wheel and run into the sea – a re-enactment of a hideous old legend where the figure had been a living sacrifice.   And now Jonathan Riddle, well-known and respected local builder and undertaker, has disappeared – and it seems all too likely that his corpse has gone the way of the historic ‘scapegoat’. As Chief Superintendent Wycliffe begins to investigate, more and more unpleasant facts emerge until he is left with an incredible, and seemingly impossible, solution . . .

If you wish to order your copy from us please send us an email enquiries@hurleybooks.co.uk  or phone us on 01726 842200 and we will get your book out to you in the next post! This offer is only valid during this month’s book group.

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For the best in new and used Cornish books, postcards and other ephemera visit our eBay shop

Cornwall Today Reading Group
October: A Gull on the Roof – Derek Tangye

Hello, we will be talking about this month’s title over at Cornwall Today but you can buy the anniversary edition from us at a special price of just £14.00 (including postage). Saving almost £10! 

This special edition hardback contains not just the complete ‘A Gull on the Roof’ including all of Jeannie’s illustrations from the original – it also includes biographies of Derek and Jeanie, interviews from people who knew them, descriptions of the surrounding area and also tells of the legacy they left behind here in Cornwall. It is illustrated thoughout with many photos in colour.

If you wish to order your copy from us please send us an email enquiries@hurleybooks.co.uk  or phone us on 01726 825245 and we will get your book out to you in the next post! This offer is only valid during this month’s book group.

Price inc p&p
UK Postage £14.00 GBP Overseas Postage £20.00 GBP

For the best in new and used Cornish books, postcards and other ephemera visit our eBay shop
Cornwall Today Reading Group
September: The House on the Strand – Daphne du Maurier

Hello, we will be talking about this month’s title over at Cornwall Today but you can buy the title from us at a special price of just £5.99. If you wish to order your copy from us please send us an email enquiries@hurleybooks.co.uk  or phone us on 01726 825245 and we will get your book out to you in the next post!

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For the best in new and used Cornish books, postcards and other ephemera visit our eBay shop