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Thursday 16 May

Dr Laura Varnam

Celebrating The House on the Strand and The Parasites: du Maurier Anniversary Talk

2.00pm to 3.00pm

Fowey Town Hall

This year sees two of Daphne du Maurier’s novels celebrate significant anniversaries. The House on the Strand (1969), one of Daphne’s best-loved Cornish novels, is 50 and The Parasites (1949), a lesser-known novel based on the theatrical background of the du Maurier family, is 70. In this talk, du Maurier expert Dr Laura Varnam will discuss the importance of both novels within Daphne’s works, why The House on the Strand has stood the test of time, and why The Parasites should be better known. Laura will bring her own background as a medievalist to bear upon the time-travel story of The House on the Strand and shine a light on The Parasites’ unusual style and comic techniques. There will be an opportunity for the audience to contribute their own thoughts and reflections on both novels.

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