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18 June 2010 / Du Maurier Literary Award

Daphne du Maurier has long been hailed for her classic, evocative novels including ‘Rebecca', Frenchman's Creek' and ‘Jamaica Inn'. Now, her family have set up the ‘Du Maurier Prize for Literary Achievement' to encourage Truro High girls to follow in her legendary footsteps.

The award will be judged by the du Maurier family from a shortlist submitted by the school and will be presented annually to the pupil who writes the most accomplished essay about one of the author's works. The prize will include a silver rosebowl, a selection of du Maurier books and a trip around Ferryside in Bodinnick, near Fowey, Daphne du Maurier's family home for many years.

"Truro High is honoured to have been chosen for this award on the basis of our outstanding record of academic achievement and the school's historic associations with the county," said Caroline Pascoe, the school's Headmistress. "Daphne du Maurier‘s works are rightly regarded as some of the country's finest literature and I know our students will rise to the challenge of emulating her incredible achievements."

Academically, Truro High School is officially ranked as one of the best schools in the South West and is in the top 200 of schools nationally. This year marks its 130th anniversary.

The inaugural presentation of the ‘Du Maurier Prize for Literary Achievement' will take place next year.



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