Welcome To Discovering Daphne, A Month of Delight…

Can you believe that it is October already? This year seems to have suddenly gone so quick. Normally the arrival of October means one thing only in the UK; darker nights earlier and a certain chill in the air. So Savidge Reads and Novel Insights decided that to bring joy, and the perfect companions to curl up on the sofa with, we would bring you a month dedicated to the wonderful Daphne Du Maurier. We didn’t plan on their being a heat wave/Indian Summer in the first week of October but really you can read Daphne in any climate and you will have pages of delight ahead of you.

So what’s the plan? Well when we say the whole of October we actually mean the first week from today, the 1st, until 9th of October 2011 where we will have a week of Daphne based delights, some special guests, some give aways and much more.

This week will also include the first of five optional (though we hope you join in with them all) Daphne read-a-longs, as we start tomorrow at the very beginning of Daphne’s career with her first novel ‘The Loving Spirit’. The week then ends on the 9th with her novel which is actually a fictionalized biography of her great-great grandmother ‘Mary Anne’ a tale so wonderful it’s hard to believe it’s actually true. Then we move onto the final three read-a-longs…

  • Sunday 16th October: ‘The House on the Strand’ – speculative time-travelling Daphne showing how versatile she is.
  • Sunday 23rd October: ‘Don’t Look Now & Other Stories’ – a collection of Daphne’s short stories which are always wonderful and rather dark.
  • Sunday 30th October: ‘Rebecca’ – if you have read it before or if you haven’t, we will be discussing possibly the most famous of Daphne’s novels which should prove a perfect way to end the season and become one of the highlights of everyone’s reading year, if not their reading life.

We really hope you will join in through the comments and send us your reviews or thoughts on Daphne and spread the word of a truly wonderful author. Who knows you might randomly win some of her books along the way… So which books will you be reading, which ones have you read already, why do you love Daphne – or dare we ask why you don’t, or haven’t tried her before?

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16 responses to “Welcome To Discovering Daphne, A Month of Delight…

  1. I am very much looking forward to Discovering Daphne and will be reading “The House on the Strand” and “Rebecca.” I explain my thoughts about the author (and why I haven’t yet read any of her work) in my blog post about Discovering Daphne, which you can read here: http://onlyorangery.blogspot.com/2011/09/discovering-daphne.html

  2. Daphne du Maurier is one of my favourite authors – I’ve read around half of her books so far and have enjoyed every one of them. I’ll be reading The Loving Spirit this month, though not in time for your read-along as I haven’t started it yet!

  3. I finished The House On The Strand a week or so back, and will read Don’t Look Now before the month’s up. Read and loved Rebecca a couple of years back, but it seems too soon for a re-read, despite possibly both, the most fantastic opening line, and the most evil character!

    Looking forward to the thoughts of other bloggers pouring in as everyone discovers Daphne.

  4. I ll try and swing in for rebecca ,all the best stu

  5. I have a couple of Daphne books here that I haven’t read yet. They are not the books on your list, but I might pull them out and see how we go during October.

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  7. I just started Rebecca yesterday, my very first Daphne Du Maurier, so I think I will be joining in 🙂

    • I just saw your comment Iris, slightly spooky it arrived just as I finally got back to you on this. Lovely to meet you the other week by the way! Can’t wait for your full thoughts on Rebecca.

  8. I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts about Du Maurier back to this point. I’ve got access to Rebecca and The House on the Strand, which I’ve read before. And
    The Loving Spirit and Mary Anne, which I have yet to read. I’ve got Don’t Look Now in a different book of short stories and will see what I can do about finding the others. Given the date, I’d better get reading. I look forward to more of your posts about her. I’ve rarely learned so much about a writer before I’ve read a large part of her work. Thank you.

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