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Great Western Beach, Emma Smith

Great Western Beach makes for a great summer read – especially if you’re sitting on Great Western Beach in Newquay. The novel was written by Emma Smith, whose real name is Elspeth Hallsmith, in 2008 and describes her childhood, much of which was spent on Great Western Beach, Newquay, between the two world wars. The family were in reduced financial circumstances, her father, who was an undiscovered artist, was off in west Cornwall living a hedonistic lifestyle at the artist colonies and Emma spent many days at the beach. The book is a wonderfully atmospheric memoir of a 1920s and 1930s childhood in Newquay. Continue reading

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