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A look at the Daphne du Maurier related blogs written by Jo Wing

Jo Wing writes a blog called Return of a Native, a superb literary name which describes her perfectly.  Jo was born in London, raised in Sydney, Australia and then returned to the UK as an adult, settling in Cornwall, but travelling widely.  On her blog, she explores the lives of creative people and their relationship to place.  Jo includes magnificent photographs and references to music, which add atmosphere and resonance to her writing.  Luckily for us, one of the people she admires and writes about is Daphne du Maurier, and she has agreed to the Daphne du Maurier website bringing her writing to your attention, by linking you to her blog. 


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Growing Pains, Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier's autobiography originally called Growing Pains: The Making of a Writer, later renamed Myself When Young: The Making of a Writer


Daphne du Maurier is the subject of a third article on Jo Wing's brilliant literary blog, and one I particularly want to share with you.  The first two pieces in this series were about her early adult years in Cornwall and the influence Cornwall had on her writing of novels such as The Loving Spirit and Jamaica Inn.  This article is called Growing Pains, Daphne du Maurier.  It opens with a passage taken from Daphne's first novel -

The child destined to be a writer is vulnerable to every wind that blows. Now warm, now chill, next joyous, then despairing, the essence of his nature is to escape the atmosphere about him, no matter how stable, even loving. No ties, no binding chains, save those he forges for himself.
- The Loving Spirit

- which, as Jo points out, echoes the views of Daphne du Maurier's fourteen-year-old self, who was convinced that the seeds of all great writing emanate from a sense of dissatisfaction and a desire to escape.


Cannon Hall, Hampstead


In this superb piece of writing, Jo takes us through Daphne's earliest years, her childhood, teenage years, and young adulthood, as she experiences life and begins to learn her craft as a writer. 

To read it, please click here: https://returnofanative.com/stories/growing-pains-daphne-du-maurier/


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A Dark, Diabolic Beauty, Daphne du Maurier, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall


Jamaica Inn


The second article, from Jo Wing's beautiful blog that I want to share with you today, is called A Dark, Diabolic Beauty, Daphne du Maurier, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.  In this article, Jo takes us up onto Bodmin Moor with her and shares with us some exceptional photographs of the moor as it is at its most sinister.  She recalls the day when Daphne du Maurier and her friend Foy Quiller-Couch, staying at Jamaica Inn, set out on horseback to visit a friend and became lost and disorientated as the rain and fog came down and cut them off from everything familiar.  Jo then links Daphne and Foy's terrifying adventure with the way this formed into the novel Jamaica Inn.  The Daphne du Maurier website is delighted to be able to share this insightful piece of writing with you.  Thank you, Jo. 

Read this fascination article here; https://returnofanative.com/stories/a-dark-diabolic-beauty-daphne-du-maurier/


 

     

Bodmin Moor, beautiful, but sinister and a dangerous place to be!


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Here Was the Freedom I Desired, Daphne du Maurier – Bodinnick, Cornwall



The first article that we bring you is called Here Was the Freedom I Desired, Daphne du Maurier – Bodinnick, Cornwall.  This is Jo’s account of Daphne and her sister's Angela and Jeanne’s arrival in the Fowey area, with their mother, as they searched for a holiday home in Cornwall. 

Please read and enjoy this beautiful piece of writing.  https://returnofanative.com/stories/here-was-the-freedom-i-desired-daphne-du-maurier/


Ferryside

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