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55 | A Chat With Tatiana de Rosnay

55 | A Chat With Tatiana de Rosnay

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Episode Summary

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

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.

Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay

Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay

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!

Listen to learn more about Daphne du Maurier's fascinating life.

Episode Breakdown

  • 00:25 - Miranda introduces Tatiana de Rosnay.
  • 03:13 - How reading Daphne du Maurier's books as a child influenced Tatiana's writing.
  • 05:47 - Tatiana explains how she came to write her biography of Daphne du Maurier.
  • 07:55 - Tatiana reads an extract from Manderley Forever.
  • 12:35 - How Tatiana researched her book.
  • 14:19 - Daphne du Maurier's French roots and why French heritage was so important to her.
  • 17:57 - The complex nature of Daphne du Maurier's character.
  • 21:23 - Menabilly's influence on Daphne's life and writing.
  • 27:19 - How Tatiana became involved in a new translation of Rebecca in French, and her own experience in working with translators.
  • 33:00 - Which Daphne du Maurier books Tatiana wishes were better known to readers today.
  • 37:52 - What's next for Tatiana.

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If I hadn't read Daphne du Maurier, I wonder what kind of writer I would have become.

 -Tatiana de Rosnay

Your Thoughts

Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, I love to hear your thoughts, so please let me know:

What did you enjoy most about this episode? Are you eager to read more Daphne du Maurier books, and learn more about her life in Manderley Forever?

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