Writers & their Homes Part II -
Rudyard Kipling & Daphne du Maurier

Titbits from English literature chosen by

Alice Bänteli & Sue Kliebenschädel
November 21, 2008

Daphne du Maurier (1907 - 1989)
was born in London, raised in Hampstead but she always wrote as if her true home were Cornwall. Here was "the freedom I desire, long sought for. Freedom to write, to climb hills, to pull a boat, to be alone."

"I walked this land with a dreamer's freedom and with a walking man's perception - places, houses whispered to me their secrets and their joys.

And in return I gave them something of myself, a few of my novels passing into the folklore of this ancient place".

Bodinnick in Cornwall




Joseph Rudyard Kipling
was born on December 30, 1865 in Bombay, India.

At the age of six he was sent to England for his education. Later in 1882 he returned to India and worked as a journalist there, before he went back to England in 1889. He also spent some time of his life in The United States and South Africa.

He is best known to us as the writer of The Jungle Book.  But this was not the only book he wrote. He was a celebrity in England and worldwide during his lifetime.

In 1907 he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turned down a knighthood, the Poet Laureateship and the Order of Merit.

He died on January 18, 1936 in London, England.


Kipling's home in East Sussex at Batemans, England, now a National Trust property.

Batemans lies down a small country lane in a quiet valley to the south of the village of Burwash , it is run by the National Trust, and is well signposted from the village.