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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.
du Maurier News
New BBC Jamaica Inn ruined by 'incoherent mumblings'
The BBC, stung by hundreds of complaints, has admitted that there have been 'sound issues' in this latest recreation of Daphne du Maurier's novel Jamaica Inn.
This drama is being broadcast in three parts over the evenings of 21, 22 & 23 April 2014 on BBC1 and du Maurier fans have been eagerly looking forward to seeing a more serious portrayal than Alfred Hitchcock's 1939 version. With a projected audience of over 6 million viewers, it was a great shame to hear that the BBC switchboard had been beseiged by complaints about the sound quality. Many listeners opting to switch on the subtitles!
The portrayal of conditions at Jamaica Inn was particularly bleak. One minute poor Mary Yellan (portrayed by Jessica Brown Findlay) was stumbling around in the filthy courtyard, with mud up to her knees, the next minute, her skirts had been magically laundered.
We look forward to better things in the final two episodes, perhaps with one finger on the 'Subtitles' button.
Giant Wind Turbine at Tywardreath
A planning application is underway for a 77 metre wind turbine the size of Truro cathedral within a few hundred yards.of Carminowe. This structure will be 631 feet above sea level and be visible from 25 miles away.
The turbine will dominate the whole of the Treesmill valley. This development is being rushed through and objectors need as much support as they can get including letters to Cornwall Council. Details are as per the poster.
This landscape was the setting for Daphne's novel, "The House on the Strand" and it seems to us to be perverse that the local council can so easily trash its heritage and sense of place.
du Maurier Festival Name Change a Failure
As reported previously, to the dismay of many fans of Daphne du Maurier, the "Du Maurier Festical of Arts & Literature" changed its name for the 2013 season to "The Fowey Festival of Words and Music", in an attempt to 'broaden its appeal and attract a new and more diverse audience', whatever that means! We naturally complained about this disassociation of the Festival from the Du Maurier brand, but to no avail, the organisers knew best!
Looking back at 2013 in retrospect, "This Is Cornwall" reports as follows:
'THE organisers of the Fowey Festival have vowed the show will go on in 2014 – but with some changes following a disappointing year.
A change of identity in 2013, dropping the du Maurier name, and hopes that the new Fowey Festival of Words and Music would reach a wider audience fell flat, as attendance numbers were short of those predicted.
The impact of the poor turnout for 2013 has already been felt at the very top with a decision not to renew long-time festival director Jonathan Aberdeen's contract for 2014.'
Whilst wishing the festival organisers our best wishes for 2014, may we offer some recommendations:
Nevertheless, the du Maurier Festival Society have announced that the 2014 Fowey Festival of Words and Music will be held between Saturday 10th May 2014 and Saturday 17th May 2014.
The "Daphne Signature" Black
To celebrate Daphne du Maurier's 107th Birthday, we are proud to be releasing the Daphne Signature black on May 13th 2014 as part of the Daphne Signature Collection.
Inspired by a literary legend, du Maurier Watches has created the "Daphne Signature Black", a Swiss-made, limited edition for ladies.
The ladies Daphne Signature Black has been inspired by the character and personality of Dame Daphne du Maurier and captures her inimitable style as remembered by her grandson. The beautifully vintage styling harks back to the 1940s and 50s and features a jet-black face, gold index markers and elegant, lancette hands. Enclosed in a neat 32mm gold case, the watch is framed by domed sapphire crystal glass and completed by a black, lizard skin strap. The highly polished steel, screw-down case back reveals not only the Limited Edition serial number but also Daphne du Maurier's personal signature engraved for all time. An elegant timepiece for all occasions perfectly suited to daytime or evening.
The Collection is available through www.dumaurierwatches.com Watches of Switzerland and Goldsmith's online.
Download Data Sheet on these new watches << HERE >> (PDF)