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Manderley Forever

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Manderley Forever

A Biography of Daphne du Maurier

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's 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 a thirteen-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 woman. 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.

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's 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 a thirteen-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 woman. 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.

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  • TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of more than ten novels, including the New York Times bestselling novel Sarah's Key, an international sensation with over 9 million copies sold in forty-two countries worldwide that has now been made into a major film. Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris.
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    January 9, 2017
    Novelist De Rosnay’s (The Other Story) nonfiction debut is a fascinating, in-depth portrait of Daphne du Maurier, the prolific author of the now classic thrillers Rebecca and Jamaica Inn. Her own writing heavily influenced by du Maurier’s penchant for houses and family secrets, De Rosnay undertakes a literary pilgrimage in her idol’s footsteps, from her birthplace of London to her eventual home of Cornwall, seeking the true essence of du Maurier and her work. De Rosnay, who met with her subject’s children and grandchildren, creates a multifaceted portrait of a successful writer unfairly scorned by critics for her popularity. We learn of du Maurier’s early and lasting passion for reading and writing; euphoria over publishing her first novel, The Loving Spirit, at age 23; and skepticism regarding the concept of marriage—which didn’t prevent her from entering into a 33-year-long one. De Rosnay also vividly conveys du Maurier’s independent and brazen spirit. The book ends with enlightening quotations from newspapers upon the author’s death in 1989, succinctly capturing how the world viewed her legacy. Through De Rosnay’s novel-like narrative, exhaustive research, and unbridled admiration, du Maurier’s spirit comes alive on the page, endearing her to a new generation of fans.

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