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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Author(s): Daphne du Maurier

Location(s): Bodmin Moor

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Late Victorian



The scenery and setting are a crucial background to this book. Mary Yellan is to go and live on these very bleak and hostile moors at the solitary and isolated Jamaica Inn, run by the frightening and cruel drunkard, Joss Merlyn, to whom her Aunt Patience is married. There are strange events during the night, skulduggery, and Mary plots how both women can make their escape.

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This isn’t the sort of book I’d normally pick up, but on a fairly recent visit to the South West, I visited the Jamaica Inn. After eating there and having a look around the...

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