Flog It comes to Daphne du Maurier Country
Boconnoc House, Cornwall
Today’s episode of the popular programme Flog It came from Boconnoc House, in Cornwall this afternoon. In between the excitement of local people having their antiques looked at and sometimes chosen to go to auction, Paul Martin, the programme’s presenter, talked about literary links in Cornwall, and in particular Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham.
Paul presented a superb profile of Daphne du Maurier, stressing how very important Cornwall was to her as a person and as a writer. He interviewed our very own Ann Willmore, owner of Bookends of Fowey and du Maurier expert, and showed copies of a number of her books, including a copy of the first edition of Rebecca.
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Bookends of Fowey
The BBC is to be congratulated on how beautifully they edited this seven-and-a-half-minute piece so that we were able to see Ferryside, the beach at Polridmouth and the fields around Menabilly, which were the inspiration for Daphne’s short story The Birds. They even included footage of Daphne and recordings of her talking. Paul also spoke to Winston Graham’s son about his Poldark books and other works.
To watch the programme on iPlayer click here
The piece about Daphne du Maurier is about 19 minutes into the programme, and the piece about Winston Graham is towards the end.