Devon

Why Sodom and south Devon are a million miles apart

28 September 2019 9:00 am

We gathered around in the sunshine and watched the coffin being lowered into the freshly dug trench. Stratifications visible on…

What does Totnes think of Sarah Wollaston, its defecting MP?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

And what do the people of Totnes think of their defecting MP?

Like Soho House in the country – but marginally less hateful: The Pig at Combe reviewed

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The Pig at Combe is a restaurant in a country house hotel in a valley in Devon. I actually went…

A lament for the best pub in Devon

11 November 2017 9:00 am

We had a hyperbole competition, the taxi driver and I, over the climbing full moon, clearer and brighter than either…

My grandson has come to Provence

12 August 2017 9:00 am

My grandson and I are reprising the 1968 film The Swimmer. Burt Lancaster is an advertising executive at a pool…

Be careful what you wish for: in the country, no one can hear you scream

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I’ve diagnosed myself with early onset cottage-itis. It’s not supposed to happen for another decade, but at 29 I dream…

A Narna for the New Age

17 June 2017 9:00 am

What makes the Devon town of Totnes such a magnet for mystics, activists and ‘cranks in edible footwear’?

My dad, Operation Julie and a hashish bonfire

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The guests at my brother-in-law Rick’s 70th birthday lunch party were distinguished, silver-haired, well heeled. Long before Rick rescued the…

I don’t mind nudity but this was a step too far

3 September 2016 9:00 am

A new footpath from the village down to the beach opened earlier this year to a great fanfare. It was…

The best way to shag a sheep

6 August 2016 9:00 am

After the death by boredom of the slow traffic jam, the agricultural-show field was an assault on the senses. The…

Tessa Hadley's masterful new novel of missed opportunities

26 September 2015 8:00 am

In The Past (set chiefly in the present) four middle-aged siblings spend an eventful summer holiday in the Devon country…

Tristram Hunt’s diary: The rainy glories of Devon – and a cold political climate

5 September 2015 9:00 am

‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon…

From conspiracy to childhood secrets: a choice of recent crime fiction

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The act of reading always involves identification: with the story, the characters, the author’s intentions. Renée Knight takes this concept…

To Land’s End and beyond: footsore but bravely coasting along

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s a real skill, writing about a journey where nothing ever happens. We shouldn’t be surprised that Simon Armitage is…

That’s another year gone and, against the odds, I’m still here

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A fruity voice on the train’s announcement system said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, make sure you have all your belongings, family…

A road trip in the company of Long John Silver and an exciting pair of thighs

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I live in south Devon. Last week I went up to north Devon, to visit a friend who was renting…

I am walking to the Spectator party — sober, clean and in all my finery

19 July 2014 9:00 am

They do love a party at The Spectator. I was invited to four in ten days last week: the Apollo…