Welcome, my name is Michael Sagar-Fenton and I’m a writer based in Penzance, West Cornwall, UK.

Please visit my WRITING page to browse and read extracts of my fiction and non-fiction books, including local histories, along with my articles, plays and poetry.

I’m always pleased to hear from you on mikesagar-fenton@hotmail.co.uk with comments, suggestions or potential commissions. I’m also available for talks on the subjects covered in my writing.

I hope you enjoy browsing my site!

The Writer


I was born in Penzance in 1945 and raised in Marazion, in sight of St Michael’s Mount. Not a bad start. My mother was an artist, very involved in the West Cornwall art scene as well as amateur dramatics, as I was as soon as I could walk on a stage, so I was used from the first to an unconventional ‘arty’ background. My father however left home before I was five. I went to school in Penzance and Truro, the latter at boarding school, taking A levels at Humphry Davy. I failed to get into university to study English (due to an aversion to Latin, then a required qualification). Instead I went into the theatre, spending...


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I currently have seven books in print, on very different aspects of life in West Cornwall. The best-known is “Penlee – The Loss of Lifeboat”, the dramatic and inspiring story of the last mission of the Penlee Lifeboat “Solomon Browne” which was wrecked during a rescue attempt in a ferocious storm in 1981 with the loss of all eight crew. I have also written the full history of the Penlee Lifeboat from its beginnings, “Penlee Lifeboat – the first 200 years”, all proceeds of which go to the RNLI. “The Rosebud and the Newlyn Clearances” is the story of the local Council’s ham-fisted plan to upgrade Newlyn and Mousehole in the 1930s by destroying...

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I enjoy writing columns very much and have delivered a good body of work for over ten years, to time, length and deadline. I would always be interested in discussing more. From time to time when asked I also write longer features, in these publications and others. I cannot write about contemporary urban lifestyle solutions, but can write with some authority on the countryside, wildlife, the sea, Cornwall in all its aspects, art, theatre, music (from traditional English folk-song to punk rock), politics, rugby (local), football (national), lifeboats, schools, and Scottish Terriers. And much more.

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