From the back cover: An ancient land full of legend and history, Cornwall has nurtured a proud and fiercely independent people--fishermen, boat-builders, tin-miners, china-clay workers--and become a refuge to the artists, writers and sculptors who have drawn inspiration from its wild grandeur and clear light.
Daphne du Maurier has lived in Cornwall for most of her life and uses her intimate knowledge of the country in such enormously successful books as Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek, and Jamaica Inn. Here, with her son, the photographer Christian Browning, she has chronicled all aspects of this strange and aloof part of England, fusing history, anecdote and travelogue in an eloquent plea for Cornwall's preservation.
Beautiful, haunting and untamed, Cornwell exerts a potent spell on all who visit it. An ancient land, full of legend and mystery, it has nurtured a proud and fiercely independent people, and has become a refuge to the artists and writers who have drawn inspiration from its natural grandeur. In Vanishing Cornwall, Daphne Du Maurier fuses history, anecdote and travelogue to pay tribute to her adopted home - to the land and the people she loved.