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The Parasites

The Parasites

by Daphne Du Maurier

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 09/06/2005

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A novel of the loyalties, betrayals and rivalries of a glittering theatrical family and the secrets they hide. From the author of Rebecca.

When people play the game: Name three or four persons whom you would choose to have with you on a desert island - they never choose the Delaneys. They don't even choose us one by one as individuals. We have earned, not always fairly we consider, the reputation of being difficult guests . . .

Maria, Niall and Celia have grown up in the shadow of their famous parents - their father, a flamboyant singer and their mother, a talented dancer. Now pursuing their own creative dreams, all three siblings feel an undeniable bond, but it is Maria and Niall who share the secret of their parents' pasts.

Alternately comic and poignant, The Parasites is based on the artistic milieu its author knew best, and draws the reader effortlessly into that magical world.

ISBN:
9781844080724
9781844080724
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
09-06-2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
197x128x23mm
Weight:
0.29kg
Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist.

In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day.

In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now.

In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.

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