The Ship of Stars

The whole of the sand was moving; not by fits and starts, but constantly; the tiny particles running over each other and drifting in and out of the rushes, like little creatures in a dream.
From The Ship of Stars, Chapter IV
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The Ship of Stars was published in 1899. It tells the story of three young people in the Cornish village of Nannizabuloe, which based on the real village of Perranzabuloe. It contains autobiographical elements, drawing on Q’s personal knowledge of Bodmin and Oxford.

Here you will find a collection of short articles and other resources relating to the novel. For a longer discussion, see ‘The Ship of Stars: a study'.

The plot of the novel is outlined here. As in much of Q’s fiction, many elements are drawn from reality. You can read an article about the historical and geographical bases of the novel here.

A key scene in the novel is the ‘devil hunt’. You can read more about the origins of this scene here.

One of the important themes in the novel is religion in Cornwall in the nineteenth century. The differences between the Established Church and the Bible Christians are explored in an article on two characters that personify these conflicting attitudes, Rev. Samuel Raymond and Jacky Pascoe.

The whole range of characters in the novel are described here.

Finally, if you would like to read the novel for yourself, you can read the Internet Archive copy here or download the text of the novel from Project Gutenberg here.