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  • Location: Cornwall

Bone China

Bone China

Why a Booktrail?

A Daphne Du Maurier-esque chiller set on the mysterious Cornish coast

  • ISBN: 978-1526602534
  • Genre: Folklore, Gothic, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home.

Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.

Travel Guide

Travel to the atmospheric landscape of Bodmin Moor

There’s plenty of Cornish mist and intrigue in this novel! One journey to the place involves a stage coach from London via Falmouth to a land surrounded in mist, magical legends and a remote, gothic house.

The journey to the main house in the novel:

“I must take the Mail coach somewhere, and it seems appropriate to flee to the end of the country, a place teetering on the edge of the map.”

Morvoren House

“All of the window shutters remain closed. The house appears blind but untroubled. Yes, that is the prevailing impression Morvoren makes upon me: one of stoic calm. As if it had always been here, and will always remain, despite the frenzy of the sea beneath.”

“The front door is an old wooden think; it does not appear terribly thick. Light pulses around the cracks at the edges – a candle, moving behind. A bolt slides.”

The bone china trade

“One of the first China-clay setts was opened on Tregonning Hill, not far from Rinsey Hill. The story of the Willow Pattern was an English invention, written after the print had already enjoyed considerable success.”

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Bone China

Destination: Cornwall, Bodmin Moor  Author/guide: Laura Purcell Departure: 2000s

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