Daphne Du Maurier was born on the 13th May 1907 and to mark what would have been her 109th birthday, I have decided to dedicate this week to celebrating her fantastic books.
Du Maurier is one of my favourite authors and Rebecca is my most favourite book ever. I can still vividly remember being about 15 years old, crawling half out of the tent on a holiday in Italy to catch the last of the light as evening fell, desperate to finish the last few pages of Rebecca. It was the first novel that truly gripped me, truly haunted me and the first novel with which I discovered the true meaning of "page turner".
WithRebecca, Daphne Du Maurier did more than write an atmospheric love story; it has never been out of print in the 64 years since it was published in 1938 proving that it still resonates with readers today. Rebecca has a 'haunting power and a vice like narrative grip' (Sally Beauman). With this, her fifth novel, Du Maurier showed the world that she could write a book that combined all the conventions of a best seller with something more significant and powerful.
Daphne Du Maurier's novels are a celebration of the gothic genre; they are dark, they are psychologically thrilling and they are full of mystery, suspense and captivating characters. Her novels have had a huge impact on modern fiction.
Join me as I spend a week talking to authors who have been influenced by her writing, entranced by her stories and gone on to create their own books which also continue in the tradition of what we now refer to as 'grip lit'.
Thank you so much Anna, I thoroughly enjoyed your answers and hearing all about the influence Du Maurier has had on your writing. Thank you so much for coming along today!
Anna Mazzola is a writer of historical crime fiction. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, is published in the UK and US. The Times calls it 'sizzling'. The Mirror describes it as, 'a brilliant debut.’ In 2016, Amazon named Anna as one of their Rising Stars.
Her second novel, about a collector of folklore on the Isle of Skye, will be published by Headline in Spring 2018.
Anna studied English at Pembroke College, Oxford, before becoming a criminal justice solicitor. She lives in Camberwell, London, with two small children, two cats and one husband.
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