What we do...

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We deliver 

flowers or other tokens

of remembrance to 

the resting-place of

people  buried in Mid &

West Cornwall.  

Then we

send you photos &

a short letter so we can

tell you about our

experience of

visiting it.

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We want to share some of the stories of people who have lived in this area, to give a context to the place where we live.

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Take a look 'Behind the Scenes' to see some of the places and images that we have found on our (local) travels!

“A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair.”― Katrina Mayer

Books
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Deliveries are made by the staff at Attend Services - our associated company that offers deliveries to resting-places in mid and west Cornwall.

The place where we live is defined in global history by many individuals who have lived here before us.  Some of these people became famous; some of them took part in events recorded in our history books, and some were cherished only by their families and local communities. 

Here, we celebrate some of their stories.

Standing stone
Barbara Hepworth sculpture
Scoria swirls
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Treslothan wall
North door of Mullion church

Human stories resonate with us because of our long, collective experiences of story-telling in pre-literate societies.  As the world becomes more based on computer logic, a step back in time can help re-calibrate our values to what we find important.

Books

Short reviews &

inspiration 

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Since moving to Cornwall 13 years ago, the impact of the geology, and the mining heritage of the landscape here, has been impossible to ignore.  Many churchyards here are wonderful, green spaces for family walks, and an interest in the lives that have populated this post-industrial landscape has been a natural progression.  It's  amazing to see how much of 'world' history has links to the places much closer to home. 

Take a look at the Blog pages for some exploration of space and time: beautiful Cornish nature, and wonderful hidden corners.  

 

Here you will find reference to some of the books I find inspiring, and which help to inform my lines of thought about historical investigation. Enjoy browsing!

All titles can be obtained via the wonderful independent bookshop in Penzance: www.edgeoftheworldbookshop.co.uk

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I'm currently reading...

Browse my current reading by clicking on the images above.

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Mountains of the Mind
The Thief at the end of the World
True Tales of American Life
 

Patrick Leigh Fermor

One of my favourite books! At the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out to walk across Europe from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul, though he only wrote it up much later in his life, from notes taken at the time. His writing is lyrical, and infused with the sense of adventure and learning as he continually meets new cultures and people. Armchair tourism - of place and time - at it's best!

Patrick Leigh Fermor

The second part of Patrick Leigh Fermor's walk through Europe between the First and Second World Wars, taking the reader on a journey through eastern Europe - beautifully written.

Patrick Leigh Fermor

The third volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor's walk across pre-Second World War Europe, compiled by two editors after it was left unfinished at his death, though still very recognisably in his wonderful prose.

Patrick Leigh Fermor

Travelling in the 1950s and early 60s, Patrick Leigh Fermor encountered a rural Greece that has now disappeared, populated by migrant shepherds and dotted by villages with distinct and varied traditions. A fascinating insight into a lost world of textures and individualism.

Patrick Leigh Fermor

In an attempt to write-up the manuscript that would become 'A time of gifts', Patrick Leigh Fermor spent some time in the silent monastries of northern France, and here he describes the experience of both these days, and later explorations of the rural monastries in Turkey. A reflective and absorbing chronicle.

Shashi Tharoor

An engaging history of the British in India, from the perspective of the Indian continent, looking outwards. Tharoor's writing cuts clearly to the core of the matter in a very approachable way, while keeping a sharp eye on providing substantive evidence for his opinion. An approachable and thought-provoking read.

Helen Forrester

This is the fourth of the series of autobiographies that so graphically recreate the experience of life in Liverpool in the 1930s and through the Second World War; this volume is of the War period, containing graphic descriptions of the Blitz, and the struggle for survival at a time when living standards for many people was well below what we would now consider acceptable.

Adam Hochschild

Perhaps one of my favourite books; Adam charts the path of his life as an only child born in to a wealthy family, and the obstacles encountered in building a meaningful relationship with his father. Very human, very personal, and very engaging.

Adam Hochschild

Sharp and direct, this book looks clearly at the strands of history that led to the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1833, finding the stories of the less well-known people who contributed to the success of William Wilberforce, who saw the Slavery Abolition Act pass just 3 days before his death.

Ian Mortimer

A book which is perfectly described by its title! Travel back in time and see how every-day society functioned at a time we more often associate with the acts of Kings and Queens. Very entertaining and informative.

Nigel Slater

Despite having been identified as a less than accurate record of the reality of Nigel slater's stepmum, this book is a fascinating read for the sense of place it creates of life as a young child in the 1970s. It revolves largely around food - as the title suggests - but is a moving, perceptive portrayal of Nigel's early childhood.

Jennifer Worth

1950s East End of London, from the perspective of a midwife