Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) is the author of Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman's Creek, Don't Look Now and The Birds among many others which continue to thrill and fascinate readers worldwide. The daughter of Sir Gerald du Maurier, the leading actor manager of his day, she grew up in a wildly imaginative 'Peter Pan' world peopled by London's leading writers and actors, before arriving in Cornwall at the age of 19. The place and its people inspired her to write her first novel The Loving Spirit, a work which so affected a young major in the Grenadier Guards, later Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Browning, that he travelled to Fowey in his boat Ygdrasil to meet - and eventually to marry - the author. This bewitching evocation of place was to remain a feature of Daphne du Maurier's writing, and the source of much of her enduring popularity.
|Hilary Macaskill is a journalist and travel writer. She was formerly a publisher, a publicity manager for publishing companies and a lecturer in journalism at City University. She lives in London.|