Due to a family connection, Year 11 pupil, Isabella, has the great privilege of owning some signed, first-edition books by Daphne du Maurier, along with some original newspaper articles on 'How Daphne du Maurier writes her best sellers'.

'Daphne du Maurier was my Grandfather’s Godmother. Du Maurier’s fascination with the Brontë family encouraged her to visit Yorkshire, where she met and became great friends with my Great-Grandmother and her sister. She regularly sent copies of her newest books to them, and we still have the majority of the first editions that she sent, along with the inscriptions she put in them'. Isabella (Year 11)

For Daphne du Maurier fans, you may also be interested in reading Daphne's Ghost by Darcie Baylis (current Parent of a Year 13 pupil). The book tells the story of the ghost of Daphne du Maurier, returning to a house in Cornwall with a secret she’s now ready to reveal, but she will need help from the living. For travel writer Simon, there are worse things than sharing his house with a ghost, especially one as entertaining as Daphne, but as Cornwall’s most eligible bachelor, he needs privacy. When she interferes with his book-in-progress, he kicks her out!

The Daphne du Maurier website had this review of the book:

'I enjoyed reading Daphne’s Ghost very much.  There is enough depth to the story to keep the reader interested, while being a real page turner that you won’t want to put down.  Anyone who loves Daphne du Maurier’s writing or who is interested in her and the life she led, will be fascinated by this new novel.  Daphne’s Ghost is definitely a must-read book.'

You can read more from the website here.