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The vast discoveries that can be found in the beauty of Britain’s Ocean City have inspired many writers, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie. So if you’re looking for some inspiration for your reading list why not add some books inspired by our wonderful part of the world?

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stay in Plymouth was only a matter of months, yet it is said that the city made a lasting impression on the author and the inspiring environment influenced his later stories. Doyle also often made an appearance in Princetown (a town just a dozen miles from Plymouth) which is where he wrote his most famous novel, Hound of the Baskervilles, as he gives a captivating description of the area: "dotted with the dwellings of prehistoric man, strange monoliths and huts and graves”.

War Horse, Michael Morpurgo
The wild expanse of Dartmoor is a popular setting on the doorstep of Plymouth, which has inspired literary authors due to its encapsulating wilderness and phenomenal views. Devon-based author Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse was inspired from meeting WW1 veterans at his local pub and went on to be not only an incredibly successful book, but also a West End show and best-selling movie.

Evil Under the Sun, Agatha Christie
Many of Agatha Christie’s novels that millions know and love were inspired by and written in Devon. Two of Christie’s best -elling murder mystery novels Evil Under the Sun and And Then There Were None were written and set at Burgh Island, just off the coast of Bigbury near to Plymouth.

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
Jane Austen wrote one of her many famous novels, Sense and Sensibility, based in and around Devon - audiences of centuries seemingly can’t get enough of the exquisite scenery. Step into the pages of Austen’s Devon and join the Dashwood’s at Barton Cottage in Devonshire. And if the book leaves you wanting more, you can catch glimpses of Saltram House and Wembury in the film adaptation of the book featuring Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson.

Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
Devon played an important role in the life of Charles Dickens. The county played a critical part in his adolescence as a writer, and the people he encountered here were later the basis of his quirky characters. Dickens described the area as “the most beautiful in the most beautiful of English countries”. It was in 15th century Exeter that Dickens spotted the inspiration for The Fat Boy in the Pickwick Papers. And later based another of his characters on a resident in Topsham!

Robison Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
When visiting Plymouth as part of his Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain Daniel Defoe fell in love with Britain’s Ocean City.

Plymouth is and has always been a city of yearning potential and surrounded by ethereal landscapes, it's full of inspiration for many novelists and known for its appeal to the creative mind, which has helped create these prominent books



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