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Friday, 13 March 2015

Dorset: Minette Walters' Dorset: "A Little of Paradise"

From BBC

"If you write murder stories as I do, the idea of a taking a claustrophobic, isolated community and putting one bad apple into it, which makes the rest of the community turn on themselves, is incredibly good." Minette lives and works in a manor house near Dorchester, and the sometimes dark and dangerous content of her novels contrasts hugely from the peaceful surroundings of her home. "If you're in the middle of a horrible scene that you're writing in a murder story to be able to look up and look out onto a beautiful sight is great, it clears the mind. "People come to the house and say, 'You're living in paradise', and that applies to the whole county".

"I think Dorset is a little of paradise in Britain."

Restored Tithe Barn at Whitcombe (Dorset Life, February 2009) (Near Whitcombe Manor)

"Author Minette Walters and her husband Alec bought the Grade II listed tithe barn close to their home in 2007 and wasted no time in commencing restoration work, the bulk of which was completed by the spring of 2008. The barn needed stabilising and re-thatching and now, standing beside the A352 between Broadmayne and Dorchester, the restored building is a head-turning sight and will remain so for years to come".

Minette's Dorset - Interactive Map

Posting on Whitcombe Church and William Barnes (March 2010)

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