One of the great and pleasurable reading experiences for me last year was my Daphne du Maurier revival. Sparked off by Justine Picardie's book Daphne and that was me up and running on a lovely read of some of Daphne's books I'd missed. I read for the first time The Scapegoat , The Loving Spirit, The Parasites and then re-read My Cousin Rachel and took in the very revealing volume of Daphne's letters to Oriel Malet too.
Then there was the Du Maurier LitFest down in Fowey, the Daphne weekend at Port Eliot and the event I did with Justine at Ways With Words at Dartington.
So bearing in mind that it is the dovegreyreader scribbles third blog birthday this week and not wishing to repeat last year's virtual party where certain people who shall be nameless but are called Sally :-) were sick on the blog carpet and had tantrums, I decided that we'd be grown up this year and invite a special guest.
This has all worked out perfectly because on the week that the paperback edition of Daphne is published I am delighted that Justine has agreed to do dovegreyreader asks... answering my usual nosey questions and will also pop in and out of comments during the day to chat and answer any questions you may have. Those who read Justine's blog will know that life has bowled her a few googlies of late so I am extra grateful to her for being here. We plan to plump up the cushions extra plumply and keep a steady flow of tea, scones and cream and of course a virtual birthday cake plus an added bonus, Rocky has agreed to be on virtual hand and purr contentedly at her feet. This usually rapidly converts to a very loud cat apnoea - induced, ninety decibel volume bout of snoring as he eventually rolls over and falls asleep, but we can but try to create the right ambience.
Bloomsbury have also kindly offered prize draw copies of Daphne so we'll be having ourselves a wonderful Daphne du Maurier happy blogbirthday Wednesday.