Daphne Du Maurier Paperback – 5 May 1994
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"Altogether a model biography - human sympathy tempered with honesty and spiced with real intelligence" (Lorna Sage Observer)
"A startlingly good biography" (The Times)
"Convincing throughout ... Margaret Forster's interpretation of her subject is so complete and so persuasive that it leaves nothing for the reader to do except admire and enjoy" (Independent on Sunday)
"Forster's acute and sensitive book succeeds on many levels ... Its most important achievement is to disprove the highbrow assumption that bestsellers are shallow ... and do not ... engage the depths of the psyche" (John Carey Sunday Times)
"Margaret Forster can do no wrong ... The story is as gripping as Rebecca, as full of surprises as My Cousin Rachel ... affectionate, honest, unsentimental and perceptive" (Daily Mail)
A meticulously researched bestseller; a masterpiece of biography and storytelling about one of Britain’s best female authors. du Maurier’s books were adapted into some of Hitchcock’s most successful films, yet little is known about her private life. In this definitive book about the author of The Birds and Rebecca, readers are granted an insight into the life of a great, psychologically complex woman.See all Product Description
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Du Maurier was a prolific correspondent and using her letters and notes Forster illustrates what a fascinating woman it was who wrote these well known works and what inspired her to write them. Much has been made of the revelation in this book that Forster seems to have had a physical relationship with the famous actress Gertrude Lawrence and the evidence presented in letters written by Forster does seem to confirm that view. All of which only goes to make her a more interesting character. Her husband, Tommy, rose to the top in the army and joined the royal household, adding another interesting strand to their lives together (Prince Philip called at their home in Fowey on several occasions). Du Maurier's obsession with Cornwall and Menabilly, her home for many years, is also examined.
This biography grips right to the end and whether or not you are familiar with du Maurier's work, you will enjoy reading about this extraordinary woman. With luck it may make you seek out some of her less well-known, but equally impressive works, such as The Scapegoat, which is one of my personal favourites.
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Daphne Du Maurier was a woman full of contradictions. On the one hand, she was a beautiful, successful writer, who had a happy, artistic childhood as the second and best-loved... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate Hopkins
Interesting book if you want to know about her, or if you're doing an essay on her like I was, came in useful.Published 6 months ago by karen gee
Written with all the pace and narrative pull that the author so admires in Daphne's own novels. A good, enjoyable and insightful read.Published 6 months ago by Katy
I read this very dense biography which is much more pleasurable and interesting than the latest one (badly) written in French by de Rosnay. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jane Radburn
I have been a fan of Daphne Du Maurier's books for years and I was interested to find out about the writer. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jacky W