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.

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.
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
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
Introducing Troy Town: a study Andrew Symons
Poison Island: a study Andrew Symons
The Blue Pavilions: a study Andrew Symons
The Philosophical Context of I Saw Three Ships: a study Andrew Symons
Q's Family and Dead Man's Rock: a study Andrew Symons
The Mayor of Troy: a study Andrew Symons
Thomas Bond and The Mayor of Troy Andrew Symons
The Ship of Stars: a study Andrew Symons
Noughts and Crosses: a study Andrew Symons
Lectures on Byron & Shelley: a study Andrew Symons
A Lecture on Lectures: a study Andrew Symons
A Lecture on Tradition and Orthodoxy: a study Andrew Symons
Lectures on the Art of Reading: a study Andrew Symons
Lectures on some Seventeenth Century Poets: a study Andrew Symons
The Medical Training of Jonathan Couch: a study Andrew Symons
The Scientific Thinking of Dr Thomas Quiller Couch: a study Andrew Symons
Q and the Hones Family: a study Gerry Hones
The Life and Writings of Richard Quiller Couch Andrew Symons
John Quiller Couch: a study Andrew Symons