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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for Du Maurier fans, 24 April 2006
This review is from: The Rebecca Notebook: and other memories (Paperback)
Although titled the 'Rebecca Notebook,' there is not a great deal of content on the makings of the novel (47 pages out of 180).

Having said that, the explanation of how "Rebecca' came to be is interesting; however I found the 'other memories' section far more gripping. With biographies on her farther, grandfather and other family members plus memories from her childhood you really begin to get a feel of what Daphne Du Maurier was like as a person. The book is sort of a 'behind the scenes' look at how her family and incidents as a child helped to shape her in to the great writer she became.

A must read for any Du Maurier fan!
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Initial post: 16 May 2016, 01:54:28 BST
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C. Mathieu says:
DuMaurier wrote several autobiographies and biographies of her ancestors. It starts with "The Glass Blowers" (when the DuMauriers leave France during the French Revolution and move to England), continues in "Mary Anne", then there was a book on her grandfather George DuMaurier (forgot the title), "Gerald" on her father, the actor and theater director in London followed by "Myself When Young" aka "Growing Pains" which is my favorite. It tells about her youth and ends with her honeymoon on the Helford River (which became the inspiration for "Frenchman's Creek"). Margaret Forster wrote a wonderful biography about Daphne DuMaurier which becomes really fascinating once her parents & younger sisters start spending summers in Fowey and finally end up buying Ferryside at the Fowey River. As 17 year old Daphne hated the winter season in London (she was not much into socializing), her father told her that he would allow her to spend the winter in Ferryside provided she could sell a book to a London publisher first which she did.
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