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The Loving Spirit, Daphne du Maurier's first novel, celebrates its 90th anniversary today

Daphne du Maurier at the time she wrote The Loving Spirit

In this article, written to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Loving Spirit, we take a look at the du Maurier family in the late 1920s and how the advent of Ferryside, as the du Maurier's holiday home, gradually altered the dynamics of Daphne's life.  We tell you how the Slade family and their boatyard's real story came to be written into Daphne du Maurier's first novel and what Daphne's life was like at the time she was writing it. 

Even as a novice writer, Daphne was able to conjure up the atmosphere of life in the boat building harbour of Fowey.  She picked out the sights and sounds, the smells and the weather that, to no small extent, still exist today, giving the book a timelessness that means it never becomes dated and always offers more each time we read it. 

To read the full article go to our About Daphne du Maurier page or click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=179






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