Isn’t it funny how sometimes a few individual things can suddenly give you an idea to do something that you really should have done a long time ago? A few individual items and moments in the last week or so have got me plotting and planning something all about Daphne Du Maurier, probably my very favourite author and one I can’t believe I have not done a special something on sooner.
So what got me thinking about Daphne and her wonderful books? After reading the wonderful ‘Annabel’ by Kathleen Winter (you simply must read it) which lead me to thinking of books with a single name title, and ‘Rebecca’ popped into my head. I then went on a hunt, and failed, to find the Hitchcock adaptation of ‘Rebecca’ and so wondered if I should re-read it?
Then several other things made me think. First of all was the announcement of a new collection of unpublished stories by Daphne Du Maurier called ‘The Doll – Short Stories’ which Virago are publishing at the start of May and I can barely contain myself about. Second . Thirdly my research for ‘Woman’s Word 2011’ made me pull some of Daphne’s books out of the TBR. Festivals and the like then reminded me of the Daphne Du Maurier Festival in May, which I have always dreamed of going to. In fact I have dreamt that I would be invited by her descendents/the Du Maurier estate and stay in Menabilly and have a marvellous time, oh one can dream… hang on I have digressed.
Suddenly the simple spark of re-reading a book became a whole ‘what about a Du Maurier celebration/reading season?’ after all the Sensation Season I did in 2009 was great fun, all the discussion and getting people to join in reading a genre I loved, why not with an author I loved over a prolonged period? I do like a project , they keep me going (and my summer one ‘Reading With Authors’ will be unveiled in the next week or two). Yet May, to coincide with the festival, seemed too soon… so what about one for the autumn?
So that’s what I am planning, with the help of another blogger (can you guess which one?) who loves a good Daphne tale too, and I thought I would put the idea out there and see what you all thought? I have some ideas for special guests and giveaways and the like, so it could be a hoot. I also thought it would be rather fitting, as it is exactly 80 years since Daphne’s debut novel ‘The Loving Spirit’ was published. It all seems to have come together in a rather lovely way.
So, would you be up for a Du Maurier season later this year? Maybe trying some of her lesser known books as well as reading/re-reading some of the better known ones? Are you already a firm fan of Du Maurier or have you not tried her before?