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Tatiana de Rosnay

Author of Sarah's Key

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About the Author

Tatiana de Rosnay was born September 28th, 1961 near Paris. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her grandfather was painter Gaëtan de Rosnay and her great-grandmother was Russian actress Natalia Rachewskïa, director of the Leningrad Pushkin Theatre from 1925 to 1949. Tatiana was show more raised in Paris and then in Boston. 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. When she returned to Paris, Tatiana became press attaché for Christie's and then Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine till 1993. Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in France. Sarah's Key, her first novel written in English, sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. Her novels also include A Secret Kept and The House I loved. Tatiana works as a journalist for French ELLE and is literary critic for Psychologies Magazine and the Journal du Dimanche. In 2014 her title, The Other Story, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Tatiana de Rosnay le 29 avril 2019 lors de l'émission littéraire 'La grande librairie' à l'occasion de la parution de son ouvrage 'Les fleurs de l'ombre'

Works by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key (2006) 10,948 copies
A Secret Kept (2009) 1,707 copies
The House I Loved (2011) 832 copies
The Other Story (2013) 418 copies
The Rain Watcher (2018) 317 copies
Kwetsbaar (2006) 178 copies
Het appartement (2000) 146 copies
A Paris Affair (2014) 145 copies
Flowers of Darkness (2020) 92 copies
Spirales (2004) 59 copies
La Mémoire des murs (2003) 41 copies
Le Coeur d'une autre (1998) 33 copies
Dit leven is van jou (2021) 23 copies

Associated Works

Sarah's Key [2010 film] (2011) — Original book — 76 copies


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Canonical name
Rosnay, Tatiana de
Legal name
Rosnay, Tatiana de
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Places of residence
Paris, France
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
University of East Anglia
Rosnay, Joël de (Father)
Rosnay, Gaëtan de (grandfather)
Thomas, Hugh (uncle)
Vanity Fair
Le Journal du Dimanche
Short biography
Tatiana de Rosnay was born on September 28th, 1961 in the suburbs of Paris, of English, French and Russian descent. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her mother is Stella Jebb. 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 ten novels in France (published at Fayard, Plon and EHO).

She lives with her husband and two children in Paris.



I always muddle Daphne Du Maurier with Agatha Christie, in that they were both middle class women who preferred to write about people instead of talking to them, married military men and had children they didn't really want, and their careers peaked around the 1950s. This biography, written in a novelised format with introductions from the author, only really confirms my confusion! Overall, I still prefer to read Du Maurier's novels, and might have to hunt down some of the lesser known titles.

Tatiana de Rosnay takes some of her more 'modern' interpretations of Du Maurier from the controversial Margaret Forster biography, claiming that the author of Rebecca was bisexual, but I don't see a problem with that. And with a father like the creepy Gerald Du Maurier, is there any wonder that two of his daughters were gay and the most famous of the three also fell in love with women? Although written in a fictionalised format, de Rosnay has obviously done her research and mentions a journal given to the executor of Du Maurier's estate with a fifty year closure period, but even without that tantalising document, we still have Daphne's own words.

My favourite novel is Rebecca, which came to haunt Du Maurier like the eponymous character haunted Manderley, but I also enjoyed The Glass Blowers, based on her French ancestors, during my F-Rev obsession, which would probably have narked Daphne: 'I hate the idea of it being put into a garish yellow cover and boosted as the story of a Revolution, which only comes into the middle part. It's the story of a family, plain and simple.'

Tatiana de Rosnay's approach to writing about Daphne Du Maurier is very fitting, being both straight and true, with insight into human nature, yet also heartfelt and touching in places. The final chapter, which was perhaps a tad drawn out, really got to me:

The dreamer is all powerful: her gaze is a coloured kaleidoscope that snubs the present: that poor body stretched out on the sheets, that clinging fog that has been suffocating her for the last ten years. The long black ribbon comes loose, releasing her bound hands. ... It is impossible to imprison a dreamer, because a dreamer can walk through walls, unlock doors, cast aside the weight of years. The dreamer can do anything - Kicky whispered it to her. The dreamer is free.
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AdonisGuilfoyle | 13 other reviews | Oct 17, 2023 |
An interesting and moving story, but one that is severely undercut by the heavy-handedness of the writing.
lschiff | 644 other reviews | Sep 24, 2023 |
sharishaw49 | 644 other reviews | Sep 20, 2023 |
Originally published in 2006.
MissysBookshelf | 644 other reviews | Sep 1, 2023 |



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