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Ellie and the Harpmaker

by Hazel Prior

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Exmoor: Now and Then

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Exmoor Exmoor, England is the setting for Hazel Prior's debut novel, Ellie and the Harpmaker. Designated a national park in 1954, the 267-square-mile area is divided 70/30 between Somerset and Devon counties in the southwestern corner of the country and is home to about 10,600 people. The area's landscape is incredibly varied; its rugged headlands to the north are divided by narrow, forested valleys (called "coombs"), which rise to an inland plateau of heather moors about 1000' above sea level. Many consider it to have one of the most remote shorelines in England due to its exceptionally wooded coastline and steep sea cliffs (the highest on the British mainland). The forests contain the largest stretch of woodland in the country, and over 200 miles of rivers and streams flow through it, including the River Exe, from which Exmoor takes its name.

The area is well-known for its environmental and archaeological treasures. There is evidence of continual human habitation from as early as ...

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