Connection: Robert Louis Stevenson

No Place for a Girl, Daphne du Maurier,

When Daphne du Maurier began writing Jamaica Inn at the age of twenty-nine, she was almost four years into her marriage with Tommy ‘Boy’ Browning. They had a daughter, Tessa and they were happy, but their relationship was not without difficulties. Charming and affable, Tommy was an ex-war hero, once voted the most handsome bachelor… Read more »

A Late Flowering, Edith Wharton

When she discovered the intriguing house in Hyères in 1919, Edith Wharton was fifty-seven years of age. The great novelist, traveller, house designer and gardener knew at once it was perfect and with boundless creative energy, she set about creating a winter and spring retreat. Until she died, she spent six months of every year… Read more »

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was an American novelist, short story writer and a designer of gardens and interiors. She wrote about the lives and morals of New York ‘aristocracy’ in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century.