Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: accuracy, that furnishes part of the valuable and original material of Blackmore's novel. Another kind of material or source of interest — akin to the foregoing — lies in the picture of the character and the customs of the people of Exmoor. The novel Customs is replete with pleasant scenes of home and farm life, the eager watching for the coming of spring after a long and anxious winter, the pleasure of the planting, the joy of the harvesting, with song and dance, and the hospitality and good cheer of the hearthside. Local customs are not wanting, the schoolboy making of "winkeys," the fondness for wrestling among the Devon and Somerset folk, and the local jealousies of the men of those two counties in war and in the sports of peace. The people are individual and racy of the soil, and the author treats them with affection. This is doubtless an element that gives the novel its great hold in the heart of the people of Exmoor; for it seems to them to be a piece of veritable history rather than a fictitious romance. The traveler is shown the church where John and Lorna were married, the tree whence Ridd tore the limb to smite Carver Doone, and the spot where Ridd's house stood. Hotels and horses are named after the heroine, and this, -together with the fact that nearly all the names of places and people are local and actual, goes to make the novel seem as real as a work of imagination could well be. Doubtless much of the insistence on authenticity is due, on the part of the innkeepers at least, to commercial reasons, but the general truth remains that, in Blackmore's words, " Lorna Doone to a Devonshire man is as good as clotted cream, almost." This is one of the pleasantest and at the same time least romantic elements of the novel. "Lorna Doone" is sometimes spoken of as ...
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Born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Berlie Doherty is the youngest of three children. She has been a social worker, a journalist, a teacher, and, for the past fifteen years, a writer.
Berlie has twice won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, for ‘Grannie was a Buffer Girl’ in 1987 and for ‘Dear Nobody’ in 1992. She lives in the Derbyshire Peak District.
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