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This week on Tea & Tattle, I’m thrilled to be speaking with the celebrated author, Tatiana de Rosnay, about her biography of Daphne du Maurier, Manderley Forever. Tatiana lives in Paris and writes in both French and English. She is the author of the international bestseller, Sarah’s Key, which is one of the most moving books I have ever read.
A consummate story-teller herself, Tatiana has often cited Daphne du Maurier’s books as being highly influential on her own work. Daphne du Maurier is one of my very favourite authors too, so I was delighted to read that Tatiana had written a new biography of the famous novelist.
Tatiana de Rosnay. Image credit: Denis Felix/Albin Michel
Manderley Forever was originally written in French, but was translated into English and published in the UK in October. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy, and found it an absorbing read. Tatiana draws a brilliant picture of Daphne du Maurier’s character and life and fleshes out details that have previously been rather obscure: like Daphne’s time in France, her love for Paris and interest in her own French heritage.
In this episode, Tatiana explains how she came to write Daphne du Maurier’s biography, what she discovered about the French edition of Rebecca, and the complex nature of Daphne’s personality. This is a brilliant listen for any Daphne du Maurier fan, and if you haven’t read one of her novels yet, then I’m sure you’ll be tempted to get reading right after this episode!
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Child-Friendly Seaside Luxury After our night at the Scarlet Hotel, Mum and I made the very short journey a little further along the coast to the Scarlet’s sister hotel, the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa. Our bags had already been transported for us and were waiting in our hotel room, which I thought was a very […]
Listen to the latest Tea & Tattle episode here or on iTunes. Today on Tea & Tattle podcast, I’m chatting with the lovely Emily Quinton, founder of Makelight, and one of the nicest people I’ve met so far on my own social media journey. I’d been following Emily’s gorgeous instagram account for several months before joining her […]
The other week, I popped along to Christopher Brown‘s pop-up shop, which is running until the end of November and is next to the fabulous Pentreath and Hall. I’ve long been an admirer of Christopher’s distinctive artwork, and his book, An Alphabet of London, is a must for any fan of the city. If you’re in need of […]
Listen to the latest Tea & Tattle podcast here or on iTunes. This week on Tea & Tattle podcast, I’m in conversation with the charming Rosebie Morton, horticulturalist and founder of The Real Flower Company. In this episode, Rosebie tells me about the farm that she runs in Hampshire with her husband, and how she went from […]
After our sojourn in Penzance, we made our way to The Scarlet Hotel at Mawgan Porth, very near Newquay airport. I think this has to be the most beautiful, tranquil hotel I’ve ever been lucky enough to stay in. The Scarlet is built right on the cliffs, and the gorgeous architecture means there’s as little […]
Listen to the latest Tea & Tattle Episode here or on iTunes. I’m so excited to announce that it’s Tea & Tattle’s birthday! Sophie and I have now been podcasting for a year, which is very hard for us to believe (where does the time go?!). In celebration of our 1st year anniversary, we’ve prepared a […]
Listen to the latest Tea & Tattle episode here or on iTunes. This week on Tea & Tattle podcast, I’m hosting a special episode that’s perfect for Halloween and is bound to get you in the mood for any spooky happenings tonight. The art historian Susan Owens has joined me for a fantastic conversation about […]
Carole Elsworth at her shop, No.56 in Penzance, Cornwall. Photo courtesy Natalie Coe. With this post, I’m introducing a new series on Miranda’s Notebook, ‘Talking Shop,’ where I share interviews with owners of my most-loved independent shops, in London and beyond. One of my very favourite shops in Penzance is No.56 on Chapel Street. Founded […]
Our last weekend in Penzance was spent in one of the most unusual buildings I’ve ever come across: the Egyptian House, a Landmark Trust property in Penzance. Located on elegant Chapel Street, this building certainly catches your eye, and I was so delighted to get the chance to stay in one of the flats and […]