So looking forward to visiting my native Cornwall with my daughter Sarah in July on a book tour with my historical novel The Miner & the Viscount. I was born and brought up in Liskeard so it will be a special treat to give a talk in the Liskeard Book Shop.
The shop is in Barras Street in the heart of the town. This handsome building houses the Liberal Club. My father was the president when I was a boy. I remember watching him play billiards.
I went to kindergarten at Miss Rapson’s school behind this building. Miss Rapson and Miss Wilkes were very strict but taught us to spell and add and subtract.
Liskeard was created a Royal Borough in 1240 so it had the privilege of having two Members of Parliament. And only 32 voters at the time of my story. Read how that worked in Chapter 3.
My mother who lived to age 95 died in 1997. She was Ella Georgina Jago. He father Alfred Jago owned Trehawke House (now Nat West Bank), shop and the garage Jago and Sons. My mother had 6 sisters and 2 brothers and all were brought up there. Her brother Claude Jago’s eldest son, my cousin Peter, lives in Canada. I have lived at Liskeard and now at Camborne West Cornwall and my brother and his wife live at St Cleer. I know my sister inlaw has taken some books to the book shop. When I visit St Cleer on Wednesday of this week I will mention your name. She and my brother are members of the Old Cornwall Society. She is not a facebook user but may be of help.
My father who died in 1989 was manager of Barclays Bank at Liskeard.
I was born at Liskeard August 25 th 1934 so any mention of Liskeard is of special interest !
Adrien — So interesting! Can you come to any of my events in Cornwall? Look on my Twitter page to see schedule. How about Waterstone’s in Truro at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 21st?