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This fascinating book ranges over hundreds of years and thousands of miles, tracking a colourful cast of Cornish men and women who are, or should be, famous. Sharp, irreverent, affectionate and often surprising, Maurice Smelt captures the spirit of the place and its people in a collection of pen portraits of saints, heroes and villains, from St Piran to Rick Rescorla. If you're Cornish, or you simply love Cornwall, then this is the book for you.
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'Written in a deceptively easy style, it is both entertaining and informative.' (Tavistock Times Gazette, 07.09.06) '... a collection of Cornish celebrities as balanced as it is brave... 'A reference book as rich as red wine, as entertaining as it is erudite, Maurice Smelt's 101 Cornish Lives ... should be on the bookshelf of all who revel in the taste of Cornwall and appreciate and wish to know more about the bouquet brought to it throughout the centuries by his chosen people.' (Western Morning News, 12.09.06) 'This is a nicely produced book, is amusingly written and a must for anyone interested in the history of the duchy and the contributions its people have made to the history of the UK and the world.' (St Ives Times & Echo, 01.09.06)'... you will want to keep dipping into this book' (Cornwall Life, October/November 2006)'... to tell 101 stories in a vivid and compulsive style is no small undertaking. The result is a triumph.' (Western Morning News, 21.11.06)'... pages packed with memorable, interesting people, who have, in some way, enriched Cornwall's history. ... If you like Cornwall and are interested in people, then you'll love this book.' (Cornwall Today, December 2006)'... a book for family historians and anyone interested in ... people from Cornwall. ... a great book for people who want basic information' (Cornish Worldwide, Winter 2006)'The articles on these 101 Cornish lives are quite brilliant ...'Maurice Smelt has chosen his characters well and his obvious enthusiasm and learning has most vividly brought them to life. ...'... a very enjoyable and vastly entertaining read - and an ideal gift for anyone interested in Cornwall' (Cornish World, February/March 2007)'A very good book, easily readable and nicely produced.' (Cornwall Family History Society Journal, no. 124, June 2007)