World Book Day

It's world book day and although unfortunately in the office we haven’t dressed up as our favourite characters, we are still celebrating world book day in a very Dorset way, by looking at the best books set and written in Dorset.

Thomas Hardy is perhaps the most famous Dorset Novelist, inspired by the scenery of Dorset he created many fictional towns based on the ones in our beautiful county. Tess of the d’Urbervilles hometown of Marlott which is based on Marnhull in the Blackmore Vale.  And Puddletown is the inspiration for Far From the Maddening Crowd’s Weatherbury. Reading Hardy’s work you can really get a feel of his love for Dorset.

Another Author that loved Dorset was Enid Blyton, with many of the Famous five series being set in Dorset. Lyme Regis’ harbour wall known as ‘the Cobb’ features in Jane Austen’s novel persuasion as well as The French Lieutenant’s Woman written by John Fowles.

More recent books set in Dorset include Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier a story about life of Dorset fossil hunter Mary Anning. And Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell about a woman heading back to Dorset to confront her past.

This world book day why not read one of these fantastic books set in Dorset, I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

Robyn Tatchell


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