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Evenings with an author: Tatiana de Rosnay, Manderley Forever
Wednesday 17 May 2017, 19:30

Location : The American Library in Paris

Category : Adults

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Author Tatiana de Rosnay presents her biography of Daphne du Maurier, entitled Manderley Forever. In her first foray into non-fiction, de Rosnay explores the life of the famed English novelist and playwright, best known for the novel Rebecca. Spanning the 20th century, du Maurier led a fascinating life of art and literature, within the English aristocracy. De Rosnay, with a novelist's eye and a biographer's pen, brings du Maurier to life once again.


About the author

tatianaphotoTatiana de Rosnay was born in 1961 outside Paris. She is of English, French and Russian descent. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her grandfather was painter Gaëtan de Rosnay. Tatiana’s paternal great-grandmother was Russian actress Natalia Rachewskïa, director of the Leningrad Pushkin Theatre from 1925 to 1949. Tatiana’s mother is English, Stella Jebb, daughter of diplomat Gladwyn Jebb, and great-great-granddaughter of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the British engineer. Tatiana is also the niece of historian Hugh Thomas.


Tatiana was raised in Paris and then in Boston, when her father taught at MIT in the 70’s. She moved to England in the early 80’s and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. Returning to Paris in 1984, Tatiana became press attaché for Christie’s and then Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine till 1993. Since 1992, Tatiana has published 11 novels in France. Sarah’s Key is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English. Sarah’s Key was published in 40 countries and has sold over nine million copies worldwide. Kristin Scott-Thomas stars in the movie adaptation by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (2010). Tatiana published A Secret Kept (also written directly in English) in September 2010 in the USA. (Called "Boomerang" in Europe, this book, written in English, is also an international besteller published in 15 countries and movie rights have been sold.) She then published The House I Loved, (in English, in 2012) which was also sold to numerous countries. The Other Story (A l'encre Russe), was published in 2013, and sold to ten countries. Tatiana is married and has two children. She lives in Paris with her family.



author photo by Charlotte Jolly de Rosnay