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Building Cornwall

No two people have had a greater impact on the built environment of Cornwall than John Passmore Edwards and Silvanus Trevail. Edwards (1823-1911), the Cornish philanthropist, and Trevail (1851-1903), the architect, collaborated on public works – in particular, libraries – in Truro, Bodmin, Launceston, St Ives and other towns, often with the grudging support of local councillors who thought them a magnet for loungers.

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The miracle of sausages and wine

The rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle requires sacrifices. I tore myself from bed before the day knew what to do with itself to catch a flight to Amsterdam, then a two-hour train journey to Leeuwarden, the provincial capital of Friesland, to launch our new anthology of Frisian literature, Swallows and Floating Horses. I wore a suit.

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