In this moving and revealing memoir, Flavia Leng paints a powerful portrait of her mother, Daphne du Maurier. She presents an account of an unusual and often lonely childhood spent in London and especially Cornwall, at her mother's beloved home, Menabilly. Family friends included Nelson and Ellen Doubleday, Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward. However, at the centre of this story is Daphne du Maurier herself. The book reveals a writer with a deep attachment to Cornwall, where she put down her roots and found inspiration for her novels, and who spent much of her life as a recluse, withdrawn not only from the outside world but also from members of her own family. A picture emerges of a woman who lived in a world of her own creation that was beyond the comprehension of those around her. At a time when more information is emerging about Daphne du Maurier, this is a book which will add greatly to the public's perception of one of the twentieth century's most admired but least understood novelists.
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(198mm x 130mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
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A daughter writing about her famous mother is a minefield of temptations - to settle scores, to have the last word - but Leng writes an elegant, restrained account which her reclusive, idiosyncratic mother would have appreciated. That being said, the glimpses of misery and loneliness endured by Flavia, her sister Tessa and (although markedly less so) her brother Kit, are even more distressing for the stoicism with which they are presented. (Kirkus UK)
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