Daphne du Maurier is one of the icons of 20th-century literature. Hugely successful as a writer, her short story The Birds and novels Rebecca and Jamaica Inn were also effortlessly transferred to the screen. Daphne was the daughter of the Edwardian actor-manager, Gerald du Maurier, whose funeral she refused to attend, the wife of ‘Boy’ Browning, the Arnhem hero who warned they were going ‘a bridge too far’, and the lover of Gertrude Lawrence.
Hilary Macaskill, author of Daphne du Maurier at Home, will talk to Jane Dunn about the author’s private life and Dunn’s recent book Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing, in which she investigates the affect the du Mauriers’ glamorous parents had on their adult lives.
Praise for Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: ‘An original, well-researched and very readable book full of well-chosen details and perceptive observations. In the subject of rivalry between literary sisters Jane Dunn has found a little goldmine’ – Literary Review