The Rebecca Notebook

The Rebecca Notebook : and other memories

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By the bestselling author of Rebecca
INTRODUCED BY ALISON LIGHT

In her own words, Daphne du Maurier reveals what led her to write Rebecca, one of the most beloved books of the twentieth century.


This perfect companion volume, The Rebecca Notebook, outlines how Rebecca came to be written, tracing its origins, developments and the directions it might have taken. The author reveals how she first came upon the secret house hidden deep in Cornish woodland, that was to become the setting for her most famous novel: a house which stood derelict, and which she lovingly restored to create her own home - the inspiration for Manderley.

Further memories introduce other members of her family: her father Gerald, the famous actor; her grandfather George, the Punch artist; and her cousins, for whom J. M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 8mm | 138g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 9781844080908
  • 211,909

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'Dame Daphne's wise and attractive new book will enchant her many readers' SUNDAY EXPRESS
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About Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.
Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.
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