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Daphne du Maurier: Her Life and Influence

Tatiana de Rosnay and Justine Picardie

Saturday, 14 October 2017

4:00pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Marlborough Room

£6 - £12

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Fellow novelists and biographers Tatiana de Rosnay and Justine Picardie discuss the life of Daphne du Maurier and the influence her work has had on them and others.

In Manderley Forever: The Life of Daphne du Maurier, de Rosnay pays homage to a writer who has influenced her deeply. She looks at du Maurier’s childhood, her rebellious teens, early years as a writer, the complexities of her marriage and a cantankerous old age. In particular, de Rosnay sheds new light on du Maurier’s early life in Paris and the importance of her French heritage on her subsequent work. De Rosnay is aq French journalist, screenwriter and author of ten novels including the international bestseller Sarah’s Key, made into a film starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Le Figaro ranked her as fifth most read author in France in 2011.

Picardie’s novel Daphne, is a literary thriller that finds du Maurier in 1957 Cornwall haunted by a failing marriage and by the heroine of her famous novel, Rebecca. She is fascinated by the Brontës’ reprobate brother Branwell and begins a correspondence with an enigmatic scholar. Meanwhile, in modern London a woman struggles with her thesis on du Maurier and gets drawn into a 50-year-old literary mystery. Picardie is a novelist, fashion writer and biographer. She is editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town and Country. Her other books include a life of Coco Chanel and My Mother’s Wedding Dress: The Life and Afterlife of Clothes.

This event is one of a series devoted to writers past and present associated with Harper’s Bazaar to mark the 150th anniversary of the magazine.

Supported by George Warren

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Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock
 

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Blenheim Palace Town and Country Harper’s Bazaar HSBC Global banking partners Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock