Season 2 Episode 36: Going Back to Manderley with Liz Humphreys

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

My dear blogger friend, Liz Humphreys from her blog Leaping Life and I have once again bridged the 7,059 kilometres between Edinburgh and Vancouver to discuss – well, let me give you a hint:

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that the lodge was uninhabited.’

Yes, Liz and I will be discussing Daphne du Maurier.

Put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Liz from the blog, Leaping Life and to heavenali, who hosted Daphne du Maurier Reading week May 11 – 17, 2020.

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S3 E15: Dr. Leith Davis on The Lyon in Mourning Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in. I am thrilled that I am meeting up with Dr. Leith Davis, Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. She is a co-founder of the Department of English’s Master of Arts program with Specialization in Print Culture and is the Director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies. Leith is the author of Acts of Union: Scotland and the Negotiation of the British Nation (Stanford UP, 1998). Music, Post colonialism and Gender: The Construction of Irish Identity, 1724-1874 (Notre Dame UP, 2005). She is co-editor of Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004) and Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture (Ashgate, 2012).  She is currently working on a monograph entitled Media and Cultural Memory in Britain and Ireland, 1688-1745. Leith is a collector of stories – stories that have been kept safe in the folds of history waiting to be heard. Today, she shares her thoughts on the Jacobite Memoirs of The Rising of 1745 from the manuscripts of the Late Right Rev. Robert Forbes, A.M. Bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church This promises to be an extraordinary discussion. So, put the kettle on and add to your thoughts on Tea Toast & Trivia Thank you for joining Leith and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you to Leith who opened the doors of the past and shared the profound stories of brave men and women who witnessed a pivotal transition in history. I invite you to meet up with Leith at the The Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University, which was founded in 1998 as a joint venture between faculty and individuals in the community. The Centre, located at SFU’s beautiful Burnaby campus, provides a focal point for faculty, students, and all who are interested in exploring Scottish history and culture and the connections between Scotland and Canada in the contemporary global landscape.  It is a place where the past reaches out to our time and reminds us to live boldly, with courage and hope. Until next time we meet, dear friends, be safe and be well.
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12 Replies to “Season 2 Episode 36: Going Back to Manderley with Liz Humphreys”

    1. Daphne has captured the imaginations of new generations, long after her books left the publishing house. Each one of her stories provide insight into emotional possibilities of the human experience. Thank you for joining this conversation, Jean-Jacques. Hugs coming to you and Marianne!

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  1. I enjoyed this podcast focusing on Du Maurier’s novels. Loved Rebecca and Jamaica Inn but not so much The House on the Strand. Perhaps if I’d listened to the novel, as you and Liz did, it would have helped. My objection is that Cornwall isn’t really a ‘character’ the way it is in Du Maurier’s other works. Frenchman’s Creek looks really good! Your anecdote about your mother staying up all night in order to finish Rebecca is precious. Her stories do that to us, don’t they? They are definitely adult novels but without the gore and sex we often find in the mystery-suspense genre today. Another wonderful podcast…thank you!

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    1. I LOVED Frenchman’s Creek, which again brought out the many facets of love and of transitioning into the next stage of life. Daphne’s characters are difficult to understand, given the choices that are made. But then, that is what life is all about – choices, disappointments, moving on. I am glad that I read “The House on the Strand” which was a recommendation from Dave Astor, who warned that it was not the usual du Maurier read. I appreciated Liz’s thought on this – that the narrative was a reflection of the times and of Daphne’s desire to recreate the same intensity of her previous novels. As for audio formats, what started out because I needed to give my eyes a rest from being on a computer most of the day, has become my go-to place to read a story. It adds a dramatic flare and layers – the writer, the reader, the narrator, the music and sounds, each adding an influence to the original book. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, Mary Jo!!! Hugs and my gratitude coming your way.

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  2. I love that photo of us! Thanks so much for another marvellous podcasting adventure together – may there be many more! X

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    1. That was an eventful “tea” moment, wasn’t it? It was there beginning of many conversations that have inspired our journeys. I look forward to the making conversations waiting for our arrival. As “Michel de Montaigne once wrote: ?The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.”

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  3. Thank you Liz and Rebecca! It seems I want to read this book!
    You two are a a jar of relish! I’ve never read Daphne, and I think I’ll start with this. The library is partly open, and my card expired during the full lockdown. Time to get reinstated, again.
    This was fab! THANK YOU!!!

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