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Daphne Du Maurier

Dame Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning) 1907 – 1989 DBE 1969, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

Daphne was born in 1907, grand-daughter of the brilliant artist and writer George du Maurier, daughter of Gerald, the most famous Actor Manager of his day, she came from a creative and successful family.
The du Maurier family were touring Cornwall with the intention of buying a house for future holidays, when they came across “Swiss Cottage”, located adjacent to the ferry at Bodinnick. Falling in love with the cottage and its riverside location, they moved in on May 14th, 1927, Daphne had just turned 20.
She began writing short stories the following year, and in 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit was published. It received rave reviews and further books followed. Then came her most famous three novels, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek and Rebecca. Each novel being inspired by her love of Cornwall, where she lived and wrote.