'I always thought you wrote the best prose of any of my students, he wrote but I never expected anything like this'
Mary Patricia Willcocks
Entrance to Puslinch House where Charlotte Yonge stayed with her cousins.
Christabel Coleridge, born in 1840, the Granddaughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, lives in Torquay: she writes numerous tales, stories and novels as well as the hagiographic life of her prolific friend,
Charlotte Yonge who often stayed with her cousins in south Devon when she was a child.
Anna Eliza Bray writes many historical novels.
Lucas Malet, also from the Kingsley family and niece of Charlotte Chanter, begins to write novels in Clovelly during the first years of an unhappy marriage.
Mary Patricia Willcocks, from Cleeve, near Ivybridge, writes books with an early feminist interest: much of her life is spent in Exeter; she writes at least 24 books (novels non-fiction biography).
E.M. Delafield living near Cullompton, writes many novels, as well as Diary of a Provincial Lady, the book which made her famous.
Margaret Pedler, living near Bow at the beginning of the C20, is the author of many Romantic novels, including The Hermit of Far End.
And last but not of course least, there is Agatha Christie!