Charlie and Liz Fenwick (The Path To The Sea; also The Cornish House, The Cornish Affair, One Cornish Summer and more) discuss the success of spies in the Cold War who were - on the face of it - 'just' housewives, bringing new characters to more prominence and bringing past characters back from other books, and the age-old question of cream or jam first.
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00:38 You're originally from Massachusetts and settled in Cornwall. Why Cornwall? 01:51 Do you like Cornish pasties? 02:07 You first looked into publishing when you were in your early 20s?... 09:20 Boskenna is based on a real house?... 11:47 The past and present dates you look at are the same dates? 12:59 When you were planning it, did you have to keep up with events and how they were weaving into each other? 14:09 Was Diana frustrating to write? 15:07 Why first-person for Joan (compared to third-person for Lottie and Diana)? 16:12 Joan is a spy in the Cold War - were you inspired by any real life women spies of that era? 17:42 Where did Joan's hostess book come from? 24:06 Were there many people who kept Cold War secrets for life or for so long? 25:37 Why did you create a similarity between what happened to Allan and what happened to John? 26:15 What was the significance of Alex and Paul? 28:37 Why did you start the book with Lottie and Alex? 30:06 Is there a character that is the most important to you? 33:42 What happened to Salome? 34:35 Tell us more about The River Between Us 37:27 Scones - cream or jam first?
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