Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier by Margaret Forster 

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye

Today Is Daphne Du Maurier’s birthday. Thank you for reminding me.  This post is also celebrating the fact that Tippi Hedren is coming to the Hay Festival this year. So we have bought a stack of half priced copies of The Birds to sell. What a film that was.


I loved du Maurier as a teenager and still have a very soft spot for her. Even her less enchanting works are still compulsive reads and she herself was so interesting. Please read Margaret Forster’s biography. You are given a full and honest account of the woman and her life and works but there is also an affection and understanding underlaying the narrative.


Du Maurier is someone I can read on a train and when ill which doesn’t just mean that little effort is required on the part of the reader; it means you get lost in the story whatever is going on around you and how ever poorly you are. I like her dark edge and occasional razor sharpness of character and story line.


The Birds is a 1963 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. It focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days.

The film features the screen debut of Tippi Hedren. The screenplay is by Evan Hunter. Hitchcock told him to develop new characters and a more elaborate plot, keeping Daphne du Maurier’s title and concept of unexplained bird attacks.

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