Daphne by Justine Picardie

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Daphne is a marvelous story of literary fascination and possession; of stolen manuscripts and forged signatures; of love lost, and love found; of the way into imaginary worlds, and the way out again. The book is written in three entwined parts, which follow Daphne du Maurier herself, the beautiful, tomboyish, passionate author of the enormously popular Gothic novel Rebecca; John Alexander Symington, eminent editor and curator of the Brontës' manuscripts, who by 1957 had been dismissed from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in disgrace after being accused of stealing and forging Brontë manuscripts and who became Daphne's correspondent; and a nameless modern researcher on the trail of Daphne, Rebecca, Alexander Symington, and the Brontës.

About Justine Picardie

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The author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, If the Spirit Moves You, and the novel Daphne, Justine Picardie is the former features director of British Vogue and editor of the Observer magazine. She is a fashion columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and writes for several other publications, including Harper’s Bazaar and the Times of London. She lives in London with her two sons.
Published October 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 417 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Former British Vogue editor Picardie (My Mother's Wedding Dress ) gives us a fictional life

Apr 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Daphne

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(The narrator actually comments at one point on how she seems to be living in a mixture of du Maurier's novels Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel, just in case the reader has somehow managed to miss the allusions.) Unfortunately, I never really empathised with the modern narrator in the way that I came...

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Daphne


As her marriage deteriorates, so her interest in du Maurier increases, as well as in her husband's much more beautiful, much more powerful first wife (the echoes of Rebecca here are deliberate but horribly clumsy), to the extent that she will even accompany said first wife on an excursion to the...

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