WALKING BOOK CLUB:
2pm Saturday 22nd June 2019
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Join us as Exmoor celebrates the 150th anniversary of R D Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece, beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside. Continuously in print since its first publication in 1869, Lorna Doone has remained perennially popular with a wide readership ever since. . .
We are delighted that Dr Helen Blackman, historian and former archivist at the Exmoor Society will be joining the walk, enhancing our discussion with a more insightful and in-depth historical understanding of the novel and its local setting.
Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon.
Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love - a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence.