If you like Poldark, you’ll love the Penhale trilogy! Penzance lad, Crosbie Garstin, wrote this 18th century Cornish saga in the mid-1920s. From it’s initial publication and over the decades it was hailed as one of the finest historical novels of eighteenth century Cornwall ever written, yet has unfortunately faded into obscurity. It certainly deserves to be rediscovered.
In the first book, set in Cornwall, 1752, John Penhale has been served an ultimatum in the will of his Aunt Selina: “Marry within the year or lose your inheritance.” Fighting off an attack by a highwayman as he returns to his farm near Lamorna, he is followed home by Teresa – a gypsy girl who changes his life forever. First published in 1923, The Owls’ House follows the fortunes of John and Teresa Penhale and their two children Ortho and Eli – exploits that turn a family saga into a rip-roaring adventure sweeping across Cornwall, Morocco and the high seas.