Manderley Forever by Tatiana de RosnayThe nonfiction debut from beloved international sensation and #1 New York Times bestselling author Tatiana de Rosnay: her bestselling biography of novelist Daphne du Maurier.
“Its impressive how Tatiana was able to recreate the personality of my mother, including her sense of humor. It is very well written and very moving. I’m sure my mother would have loved this book.” ― Tessa Montgomery d’Alamein, daughter of Daphné du Maurier, as told to Pauline Sommelet in Point de Vue
As a bilingual bestselling novelist with a mixed Franco-British bloodline and a host of eminent forebears, Tatiana de Rosnay is the perfect candidate to write a biography of Daphne du Maurier. As an eleven-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier’s fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply, following Du Maurier from a shy seven-year-old, a rebellious sixteen-year-old, a twenty-something newlywed, and finally a cantankerous old lady. With a rhythm and intimacy to its prose characteristic of all de Rosnay’s works, Manderley Forever is a vividly compelling portrait and celebration of an intriguing, hugely popular and (at the time) critically underrated writer.
Manderley for ever de Tatiana de Rosnay
Daphne du Maurier lives on in dreamy 'Manderley Forever'
Written more like a novel than a work of non-fiction, Tatiana de Rosnay begins MANDERLEY FOREVER with a young Daphne brought up in a privileged home the apple of her 'famous' father's eye who even at age four showed creativity, and continues on by sharing surprising tidbits from her personal diary throughout the good times and the bad all the way to the end. I was totally immersed in her life, passions, obsessions and dark secrets; and while not a perfect sort by any means, she was certainly an intriguing and complex woman. Daphne was shy and self-centered in many ways, but thought nothing of swimming nude or helping someone in need. She liked exploring abandoned buildings in the dark there might be a story there and often ignored her well-cared for children by going off somewhere to be alone with only her journal and her thoughts. There is much noteworthy information to digest here including her "forbidden hidden appetites" but most memorable for me was discovering the many historical places and circumstances that inspired and often gave her stories their dark nature.
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Rate this book. The nonfiction debut from beloved international sensation and 1 New York Times bestselling author Tatiana de Rosnay: her bestselling biography of novelist Daphne du Maurier. It is very well written and very moving. I'm sure my mother would have loved this book. As a thirteen-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca , becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier's fiction. Now she pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply, following Du Maurier from a shy seven-year-old, a rebellious sixteen-year-old, a twenty-something newlywed, and finally a cantankerous old woman.