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Truran is an imprint of the Cornish publisher and distributor Tor Mark.  Truran Books has been established for over thirty years and has been in the present ownership of Heather & Ivan Corbett for the past sixteen years. Originally the company specialised in books on Cornish topics only. Since then the range and style of books has been vastly increased covering Devon, Cornwall and the South-west. Though we are a commercial publisher we are prepared to publish titles that we feel are in the public interest and which we know will be fortunate to eventually break even.  We are not vanity publishers so that our titles are selected on merit rather than the author's finances.

A quick look at the book pages will show the range and diversity of our publications. We publish about 6-10 titles a year depending on several factors including our own resources. The constraints are usually of time rather than anything else.

As company policy all our books are designed and printed in the west-country; there are no such constraints on the residence of our authors.

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Just published - No 8 in the Felicity Paradise crime series image Just published - No 8 in the Felicity Paradise crime series
Just Before Dawn

by Debby Fowler
ISBN 978 185022 247 7
178x110mm - 358 pages


Ex-Chief Inspector Keith Penrose is now retired and not entirely sure he is enjoying his new-found freedom.  Felicity Paradise meanwhile is pursuing her illustration work and delighted to land a well-paid contract.  At the same time she has demons of her own to confront when she is forced to face the truth about her mother's past.  Keith is called in by his old boss George Staple to investigate a cold case; a possible murder six years before.  Felicity is delighted for him, but the new case means they are not only separated by distance but by a growing lack of emotional understanding.  Tensions run high.

As always Debby Fowler skilfully balances the personal life of her characters with a well thought-through crime story.

The eighth title in the Felicity Paradise crime series 'Just Before Dawn' is set in Cornwall.
Dartmoor and its villages image Dartmoor and its villages
by Sue Lewington

ISBN 978 185022 245 3
154x110mm 96 pages full colour sketches

Sue writes:
I love it here... The high hills and the space and the way the open moorland creeps down between the fields and trees.  The maze of tiny lanes and the paths and clapper bridges - still in use as they have been for thousands of years.  The moor is a living, changing place.  I can feel connected to ancient lives and find a good cup of coffee in the nearest village... wonderful.

Trebah image Trebah
By Adrian Poole

Introduction by David White
ISBN 978 185022 246 0
170x240mm 80 pages full colour photographs

Cornwall in the First World War - Pete London image Cornwall in the First World War - Pete London
Fully illustrated with 90 black and white photographs - many not published before

ISBN 978 185022 244 6
112 pages

The First World War affected every town and village in Cornwall.  At the outbreak in August 1914 thousands joined the colours, while the Duchy soon became a vital part of Britain’s all-consuming war effort.  Ships of the Royal Navy, aircraft, even airships arrived to defend the sea lanes off Cornwall’s coastline, in a brutal campaign against marauding German submarines.  On the home front, for four gruelling years Cornish men and women worked tirelessly to support those fighting in distant battles overseas.

Today, although a century has passed there’s a strong connection with the First World War, sustained by newsreels and photographs of our great-grandparents.  We don't have to look too far back to find those who joined up, whether frock-coated, flat-capped or long-skirted.  Conflict raged on a scale never seen before, and Cornwall played a crucial role in the struggle.

The centenary of the First World War represents a unique moment in history.  As well as the military events, this book focuses on the people who lived through that time.  Uniquely illustrated with many rare images, it's a glimpse of Cornish life a hundred years ago, and will appeal to everyone with an interest in Cornwall's past.

useful links
John Dyer
> www.johndyer.info
Felicity Paradise by Debby Fowler
> www.felicityparadise.com
Viv Hendra
> www.landergallery.co.uk/
The Lander Gallery
> www.landergallery.co.uk/
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
> www.penleehouse.org.uk/
Living food of St. Ives
> www.sproutingseeds.co.uk
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contact details

Truran Books
Water Lane
St Agnes
United Kingdom

Tel: 01872 553821

Trade Distributor:
Tor Mark
Tel: 01209 822101
Fax: 01209 822035

Private orders:
Please contact Willow Books
Tel: 01209 822011
Fax: 01209 822321