Shakespeare was inspired by North Devon countryside

Joseph Bulmer

A local author with, perhaps, the most famous name of all, has taken the North Devon countryside as inspiration for a trio of books.

Liz Shakespeare has been signing copies of her works at Waterstone’s Bookshop in Barnstaple and at Walter Henry’s Bookshop in Bideford.

The Turning of the Tide is a novel set in 19th century Bideford and Clovelly. Fever, a story from a Devon churchyard and The Memory Be Green, an oral history of a Devon village, are both set in Liz’ home village of Littleham.

She says: “I draw my inspiration from the North Devon countryside and the strong historical identity of the area and my books are very popular throughout the south-west and further afield, copies finding their way to Australia, America, Canada and even Hong Kong. I research my books thoroughly to ensure the historical detail is accurate and many people have enjoyed reading about familiar places in past times.

“I am sometimes asked what made me choose the name Shakespeare to put on my books, but it is my real name. I was recently contacted by the nationally-known reporter Jocasta Shakespeare who is researching an article on people called Shakespeare and is especially interested in writers who bear the name.”