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Dame Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning) 1907 - 1989 DBE 1969, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Daphne was born in 1907, grand-daughter of the brilliant artist and writer George du Maurier, daughter of Gerald, the most famous Actor Manager of his day, she came from a creative and successful family.
The du Maurier family were touring Cornwall with the intention of buying a house for future holidays, when they came across "Swiss Cottage", located adjacent to the ferry at Bodinnick. Falling in love with the cottage and its riverside location, they moved in on May 14th, 1927, Daphne had just turned 20.
She began writing short stories the following year, and in 1931 her first novel, 'The Loving Spirit' was published. It received rave reviews and further books followed. Then came her most famous three novels, 'Jamaica Inn', 'Frenchman's Creek' and Rebecca'. Each novel being inspired by her love of Cornwall, where she lived and wrote.
du Maurier News
Oriel Malet - author of "Letters From Menabilly" passes away
'Kits' Browning has brought to our attention the sad news that Oriel Malet, author of "Daphne du Maurier - Letters from Menabilly - Portrait of a Friendship", has died at her home in France aged ninety four. Oriel was a dear friend of Daphne's and indeed, a close friend to us all in the family. Her book of Daphne's letters from Menabilly has been much enjoyed by all and is a wonderful way of understanding Daphne's sense of humour.
"I'm delighted that Oriel was able to attend one of the first 'Daphne du Maurier Literary Festivals' held in Fowey and that she was able to visit us here at Ferryside. She was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed." - Kits Browning.
Lady Auriel Rosemary Malet Vaughan was an author of literary fiction and biographies who wrote under the name of Oriel Malet. Her parents were Ernest Edmund Henry Malet Vaughan, 7th Earl of Lisburne and Maria Isabel Regina Aspasia de Bittencourt. Her godmother was the French actress and singer Yvonne Arnaud, whom Malet wrote about in her book "Marraine: A Portrait of My Godmother" (1961).
After spending her childhood in Wales, Malet wrote her first book at the age of 17, "Trust in the Springtime", which was published in 1943. This was followed by "My Bird Sings" (1946) for which she was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in the same year. Among her other works is a fictionalised biography of Marjory Fleming, the child poet and writer, written when Malet was 20. "Marjory Fleming" was originally published in 1946, and was reprinted by Persephone Books in 2000. Malet has spent much of her life in France, and after initially moving to Paris, she lived in Normandy where she resided, in Eure.
Malet was a close friend of the author Daphne du Maurier. Their friendship is documented in the book "Letters from Menabilly: Portrait of a Friendship" (1994), a collection of du Maurier's letters to Malet over the course of 30 years, as well as Malet's accompanying commentary.
New Owner makes his mark at Cornwall's Famous Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn on Cornwall's Bodmin Moor has always been considered one of the South West's most famous landmarks. Immortalised in Daphne du Maurier's bestselling novel and close to the author's former homes Menabilly and Ferryside, it has well and truly earned its place in the history books.
Built in 1750 as a coaching inn and frequented by weary travellers using the turnpike between Launceston and Bodmin, it is said that smugglers used the Inn to hide their contraband. It is estimated that half of the brandy and a quarter of all tea being smuggled into the UK was landed along the Cornish and Devon coasts. It is also thought that the Inn may have got its name because it did a considerable trade in rum.
In February 2014, the Inn was sold for the first time in 40 years. The six-and-a-half acre site on Bodmin Moor was purchased by Surrey business man Allen Jackson for over £2 million, after he made an offer within an hour of his first ever visit to the Inn.
As soon as the Inn was purchased, Mr Jackson began his ongoing changes. Improvements have included additional en-suite bedrooms, a décor refresh, a change of policy to welcome dogs, a menu revamp and a reduction in the price of real ales, draught lagers and ciders . . . MORE >>>
Latest Tywardreath Wind Farm News
To bring you up to date with the giant wind turbine threatening the Carminowe Barn valley, We now have a fully fledged protest campaign and need every objection from members of the public possible. The Tywardreath valley is desperately beautiful and remains as Daphne du Maurier knew it. If we dont stop this turbine now, the valley will be flooded with more Turbines as the carpetbaggers move in.
These machines do not belong in a historic valley untouched since the middle ages. Anyone may object and every objection carries real weight. It takes less than 5 minutes to add your objection so please help us preserve Daphne's heritage. Your help would be much appreciated:
Click www.protectourvalleys.com to register your objection - many thanks
The immediate concern is a planning application for a 77 metre high wind turbine (that's longer than a Jumbo jet and a metre short of Truro Cathedral), which would stand on an 85 metre contour at the head of the Tywardreath Valley on Polharmon Farm, Penpillick Hill.
This device would dominate an otherwise untouched historic valley and be visible from more than 25 kilometres away. To appreciate the full scale of this turbine on our little valley, please watch the installers video: Click HERE to view video.
New BBC Jamaica Inn ruined by 'incoherent mumblings'
The BBC, stung by hundreds of complaints, has admitted that there have been 'sound issues' in this latest recreation of Daphne du Maurier's novel Jamaica Inn.
This drama is being broadcast in three parts over the evenings of 21, 22 & 23 April 2014 on BBC1 and du Maurier fans have been eagerly looking forward to seeing a more serious portrayal than Alfred Hitchcock's 1939 version. With a projected audience of over 6 million viewers, it was a great shame to hear that the BBC switchboard had been beseiged by complaints about the sound quality. Many listeners opting to switch on the subtitles!
The portrayal of conditions at Jamaica Inn was particularly bleak. One minute poor Mary Yellan (portrayed by Jessica Brown Findlay) was stumbling around in the filthy courtyard, with mud up to her knees, the next minute, her skirts had been magically laundered.
We look forward to better things in the final two episodes, perhaps with one finger on the 'Subtitles' button.
The "Daphne Signature" Black
To celebrate Daphne du Maurier's 107th Birthday, we are proud to be releasing the Daphne Signature black on May 13th 2014 as part of the Daphne Signature Collection.
Inspired by a literary legend, du Maurier Watches has created the "Daphne Signature Black", a Swiss-made, limited edition for ladies.
The ladies Daphne Signature Black has been inspired by the character and personality of Dame Daphne du Maurier and captures her inimitable style as remembered by her grandson. The beautifully vintage styling harks back to the 1940s and 50s and features a jet-black face, gold index markers and elegant, lancette hands. Enclosed in a neat 32mm gold case, the watch is framed by domed sapphire crystal glass and completed by a black, lizard skin strap. The highly polished steel, screw-down case back reveals not only the Limited Edition serial number but also Daphne du Maurier's personal signature engraved for all time. An elegant timepiece for all occasions perfectly suited to daytime or evening.
The Collection is available through www.dumaurierwatches.com Watches of Switzerland and Goldsmith's online.
Download Data Sheet on these new watches << HERE >> (PDF)