Studies

This part of the website contains in-depth articles on specific topics. They discuss Q's novels, his short stories and his academic work. You can also find articles about members of Q's family and the influence they had upon him.

Many of the studies also provide information on the cultural and political climate that will cast new light on Q's life and his writings.

You can select from the whole list – or use the drop-down menu to limit your choice of subject matter to biographical material, literary works or Q’s academic lectures.

Fort Amity: a study Andrew Symons An examination of Q’s novel set in north-east America in the mid eighteenth century and how it reflects the author’s contemporary political concerns
Ia, a Love Story: a study Andrew Symons An examination of Q’s fifth novel, the first to be based in the far west of Cornwall
Bertha Couch and her Writing of the Life of Jonathan Couch Andrew Symons An account of the life of Bertha Couch and her biography of her naturalist father, Jonathan Couch, who was Q’s grandfather
John Keats in Context: a Study of the Keats or Keate Family in the Context of Q's Studies of the Romantic Poets Andrew Symons New research into the Cornish history of the family of John Keats
The Stories of Q Inspired by the Peninsular War Andrew Symons How Q used historical sources in his fiction set in the Peninsular War
Reflections on Hocken and Hunken Andrew Symons Some reflections on the style, structure and themes of Q's novel Hocken and Hunken.
P & Q: Alfred Parsons, Arthur Quiller-Couch, The Warwickshire Avon and True Tilda Jane Prince A discussion of Arthur Quiller-Couch's novel 'True Tilda' in relation to the journey he took to gather material for 'The Warwickshire Avon'.
The Family of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Jane Prince An account of the family of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, exploring Q's relationship with his family and illuminating some of its less well-known members.
The Forebears of Jonathan Couch and Associated Families Andrew Symons An account of the forebears of Jonathan Couch, the grandfather of Arthur Quiller-Couch, and other associated families.
The Descendants of Jonathan Couch Jane Prince Information gathered from the census and birth, marriage and death records on the descendants of Jonathan Couch, the grandfather of Arthur Quiller-Couch
The Literary Careers of Mabel and Lilian Quiller-Couch, Q’s Sisters Jane Prince An examination of the lives and literary works of Lilian and Mabel Quiller-Couch who, although they never gained the recognition of their famous brother Q, were both prolific writers.
The Splendid Spur: a study Andrew Symons A study of Q's adventure story set in the English civil war
Harry Revel: a study Andrew Symons An in-depth look at a story that starts as a murder mystery and ends as a historical novel
Introducing Troy Town: a study Andrew Symons An introduction to Q's novel that is set in a fictionalised version of Fowey
Poison Island: a study Andrew Symons An examination of one of the novels that Q wrote during his most creative periods
The Blue Pavilions: a study Andrew Symons An introduction to the last of the novels that Q wrote in London before his move to Cornwall
The Philosophical Context of 'I Saw Three Ships': a study Andrew Symons A review of the influences on Q that contributed to the philosophical context in which this collection of short stories was written
Q's Family and Dead Man's Rock: a study Andrew Symons How the history and experiences of Q's own family can be traced in the novel
The Mayor of Troy: a study Andrew Symons An examination of how the novel reflects Q's political and social concerns
Thomas Bond and The Mayor of Troy Andrew Symons How Thomas Bond, a real historical figure, is presented in the novel
The Ship of Stars: a study Andrew Symons A study of the novel that Q's biographers believed to be his best work
Noughts and Crosses: a study Andrew Symons A consideration of some of the influences on this collection of short stories
Lectures on Byron & Shelley: a study Andrew Symons An analysis of Q's academic lectures on Byron and Shelley
A Lecture on Lectures: a study Andrew Symons An account of a lecture in which Q reveals his passionately held views on education
A Lecture on Tradition and Orthodoxy: a study Andrew Symons An account of a lecture in which Q explores his own attitudes to tradition with reference to the views of T.S. Eliot
Lectures on the Art of Reading: a study Andrew Symons An introduction to a set of lectures in which Q describes the importance of placing the child at the heart of education
Lectures on some Seventeenth Century Poets: a study Andrew Symons An examination of the political and philosophical context in which Q presented this series of lectures
The Medical Training of Jonathan Couch: a study Andrew Symons Medical education in London at the time when Q's grandfather trained to be a doctor
The Scientific Thinking of Dr Thomas Quiller Couch: a study Andrew Symons A consideration of how Q was influenced in his writing by the scientific thinking of his father
Q and the Hones Family: a study Gerry Hones Some personal reminiscences of the Hones family's links with Q
The Life and Writings of Richard Quiller Couch Andrew Symons An account of the life and work of Q's uncle, another distinguished member of Quiller Couch family
John Quiller Couch: a study Andrew Symons What we know about the life of John Quiller Couch, Q's uncle