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I was just doing some digging and realised that the Achensee gets mentioned in a couple of interesting books:

John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) - could this have inspired EBD to visit it since we know she loved Buchan?
Anonymous - A Young Girl's Diary (intro by Sigmund Freud) (approx 1919)

Friedrich Schiller's Wallenstein's Camp names Buchau, but it is a different place, I think.

A woman either called Louise de la Rame or Ouida wrote a book called The Nuernberg Stove which was published in 1909 and mentions Jenbach. Another book, Black and White Spirits by Ralph Adams Cram, also mentions Jenbach while reciting a legend from Innsbruck.

Anyone found any others?

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The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy, published in 1924, is set partly in Jenbach and Pertisau. Apparently it was very popular in its day, mainly because it was considered quite racy and scandalous, but I'm afraid I didn't think it was very good. I think Antonia Forest mentions one of the Marlow girls reading it.

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A book fell out of my shelves when we were packing up to move a couple of years ago. I see I paid 5p for it at some point.

It's called Tyrolean June and is by someone called Nina Murdoch and includes 32 photographs. It was published by Harrap in 1936.

It's subtitle is "A Summer Holiday in Austrian Tyrol". Chapter II is headed "Summer Day at Pertisau" and Chapter III "Of the Achensee and Saint Notburga".

She of course also goes to Innsbruck and other places mentioned in the CS books....even Hitler gets a mention because apparently he imposed a tax of 1000 marks on any German spending more than one night in Austria which of course impacted on the tourist industry.

I have to confess that I haven't yet read it all the way through because her style is a bit too flowery.

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There is a Helen McInnes thriller that involves the Achensee, can't remember which one off hand.


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janetbrown23 wrote:
There is a Helen McInnes thriller that involves the Achensee, can't remember which one off hand.


That's what I've been thinking about, Jan. I remember the radio adaptation.

It's Above Suspicion? Just checked the plot summary on Wikipedia.


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Very slightly off-topic, but there is a German-language film called The Edukators (sic) and the end is recognisably filmed around the Achensee. This would most certainly not have influenced EBD - time and style very very wrong!


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