With Devon's completely picturesque views, quaint villages, calming coastline and rugged moorland, it's no wonder that so many authors have been inspired by the county. From classic literature to contemporary pieces, it seems that what makes Devon famous is it's ability to appeal to the creative mind and help form some of the UK's most enjoyed stories. Featuring in many different school's curriculum with some even becoming epic motion pictures, these famous novels are partly responsible to the county's growing number of visitors each year. Discover our selected 5 of the best novels that are based in Devon below. How many have you read?
1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
An epic tale of a young farmer boy who is separated from his horse due to the war. A beautiful novel based in the Devon town of Iddesleigh on Dartmoor. Now a stage play and a motion picture, this story is one that draws in visitors from far and wide to experience the tale of the brave horse Joey.
2. The Secret Of Crickley Hall by James Herbert
Two real life stories are brought together under a ghostly tale. Featured as a T.V. Series based in Lynmouth on Exmoor, The Secret Of Crickley Hall is a classic story that will send shivers down your spine.
3. The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Even the world's most famous fictional detective is attracted to the striking and epic Devon Dartmoor in this spooky tale. Believed to be inspired by the legend of the supernatural hound that roams around Dartmoor, with twists and turns, this Devon novel is one that stays with the reader forever.
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Based in and around Barton, this charming tale of two sisters is one that has been loved for centuries. Adapted for film and television a number of times, it seems that audiences everywhere can't get enough of the beautiful scenery of Devon.
5. The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie
A serial killer leaves behind his trademark calling card with the location circled in the ABC Railway Guide. Featuring the town of Churston, this Devon inspired mystery is home to the intelligent detective Poirot.