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Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing
Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing
by Jane Dunn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Daphne du Maurier and her sisters, 12 Mar. 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well researched and intelligently written, (I found myself, as I do when reading Hilary Mantel, re-reading certain passages in admiration of Jane Dunn's skill with words).
The characters in the lives of the Du Maurier sisters are often monstrous, occasionally
bewildering and sometimes hilarious. The development of individual human sexuality over a lifetime, and, in particular, in the lives of the three sisters forms the core of this book.
Stuffed full of ghastly lovers, unconventional friends and eccentric family members brought alive by the author's brilliant characterisation, this book is a tour de force about an age which no longer exists, and, sadly, an indictment of how unwittingly we parents can damage our children through benign neglect. Would Rebecca have been written if Daphne's mother had cuddled her more? Or is the creative impulse sharpened by frustration and uncertainty?
This fascinating book provokes as many questions as it answers which is why it is such rewarding read.

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