The author of The Birds, Rebecca (both adapted into films by Alfred Hitchcock) and Jamaica Inn, Daphne du Maurier was born on 13 May, 1907 into a hugely creative family. Her father was the actor Gerald du Maurier while her grandfather was the artist and writer George du Maurier. Educated at home and then in Paris, she began writing her first short stories and articles in 1928/ Her first novel The Losing Spirit was published in 1931. Probably her best-known work, Rebecca (1938) sold almost 3 million copies between its publication in 1938 and 1965. Known as the ‘mistress of suspense’, she also wrote three pleys. Daphne mainly lived in Cornwall in her later life and died on 19 April, 1989.