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Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing (Paperback)
  • Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing (Paperback)

Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 27/02/2014
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Celebrated novelist Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters, eclipsed by her fame, are revealed in all their surprising complexity in this riveting new biography. The middle sister in a famous artistic dynasty, Daphne du Maurier is one of the master storytellers of our time, author of 'Rebecca', 'Jamaica Inn' and 'My Cousin Rachel', and short stories, 'Don't Look Now' and the terrifying 'The Birds' among many. Her stories were made memorable by the iconic films they inspired, three of them classic Hitchcock chillers. But it was her sisters, writer Angela and artist Jeanne,who found the courage to defy the conventions that hampered Daphne's emotional life. In this group biography they are considered side by side, as they were in life, three sisters who grew up during the 20th century in the glamorous hothouse of a theatrical family dominated by a charismatic and powerful father. This family dynamic reveals the hidden world of the three sisters - Piffy, Bird & Bing, as they were known to each other - full of social non-conformity, love, rivalry and compulsive make-believe, their lives as psychologically complex as a Daphne du Maurier novel.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007347094

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“An interesting and elegant read”

Angela and Jeanne Du Maurier were overshadowed by Daphne in real life and so it is with this biography. However it is an elegant and interesting read especially when exploring their childhood years growing up in a... More

Hardback edition
18th March 2013
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“Daphne Du Maurier and Her Sisters”

A thoroughly enjoyable insight into this highly respected author. This really tells how she thought and felt and responded to the people in her life and how they influenced her.

Paperback edition
20th February 2015
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“Fascinating look at a vanished era.”

As a middle sister I was drawn to this book when I saw that Daphne du Maurier was the middle of three sisters because I’ve always thought that was the worst position to occupy in a family. Reading Jane Dunn’s... More

Hardback edition
6th August 2013
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