My favourite places: author Lucy Diamond
Romance novelist Lucy Diamond’s name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. Because she’s written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate, Lucy Diamond is her nom de plume. There is actually another Lucy Diamond who writes religious children’s books. That isn’t her, though.
This Lucy (Sue) has written bucket loads of women’s fiction. I didn’t know this, because I usually leave the chick-lit to my sister Lucy (not Sue). Anyway, normally I prefer a bit of crime (reading about it, not doing it obvs), but I’m taken by this talented writer’s tales of Cornwall – she knows the place so well she must live here right? Actually, Lucy grew up in Nottingham, read English at Leeds, moved to London, Oxford and now lives in Bath, but she spent lots of time here holidaying as a child and it really shows in her wonderful descriptions of our north coast.
Here are Lucy’s five favourite places in the county:
My parents spent their honeymoon here and so we came here many times on family holidays when I was a child. My memories here are of long sunny beach days, plus pasties and ice lollies from the café. “I’m going to have a café like that when I’m a grown-up,” I said at the time apparently. Well, that never quite happened, but I did the next best thing which was to write a book about a beach café instead…
St Michael’s Mount
This seemed like the most magical place as a child. A tidal island which could only be reached at certain times of the day, there was something so exciting about walking across the causeway and then trying to get back again before the tide covered it over. I went back there with my own children a few years ago and it’s still as enchanting as ever.
We went for a holiday nearby with all my husband’s brothers and sisters and their children – 18 of us in all. One day we walked from Cawsand to Kingsand and I fell in love with Brian Hoskin’s pictures in the Panache Gallery, and had to buy a print of The Cleave. It hangs in my kitchen now and reminds me every day of that holiday.
I know I’m cheating slightly and picking a whole area, but the beaches and villages of North Cornwall -Polzeath, Daymer Bay, Rock – all fed in to my imagination when I was creating Carrawen Bay, the fictional setting for my Beach Café books. Such a beautiful part of the world, I can’t wait to be back there!
Lucy Diamond @LDiamondAuthor