All About The Book

Daphne’s Book

Daphne’s Book: I’m pleased to say at 87 years old I’m publishing my first book; The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes.  I’ve heard it said that everyone has at least one book in them and here is mine!  It is published by Pan Macmillan on Thursday 16th July 2015 and I am enjoying the flurry of press and interviews that are surrounding its release.  My days seem to be a juggle of newspaper, radio & TV shows here in the UK and long distance as far as Australia by telephone and internet!


Daphne Selfe & Georgina Morley
Daphne Selfe & Georgina Morley Editor Pan Macmillan at Shoreditch House


When I first started putting pen to paper and had a few pages of scribbled notes writing a whole book seemed a huge task. There were many doubts and thoughts about whether it would make an interesting read for anybody else and how would I get it published?  I’d been been told time and time again no one would be interested in a story like mine that wasn’t ‘kiss and tell’, ‘drama and intrigue’ or ‘sex, drugs and rocknroll’.  My life story is none of these things and only by reading it will you be able to decide if publisher Pan Macmillan, literary agent Curtis Brown,  modelling agent Models 1 and my family could see something in my life in print that others couldn’t!  I can’t thank them enough for all their support and help.

I want to share with you my excitement at having achieved this goal and I would love you to read my story so far!  But more than that I’d like to encourage you that it is never too early or too late to take on new challenges and achieve things you didn’t think you could do.  Don’t listen to the big and loud reasons why you can’t do something just concentrate on the tiny signs of encouragement and take the first small step, then the next.  Before you know it you have got there!

Daphne's Book: Daphne Selfe's 1st book signing at Shoreditch House
Daphne Selfe’s 1st book signing at Shoreditch House

To order a personally signed copy by Daphne of The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes click or tap here and to purchase from a retailer click or tap here and select a book seller at the bottom of the page

For details of Daphne’s UK Literary Tour click or tap here

Please comment below and let me know what daunting goals you have yet to start.

Now, I’m off to practise my signature……


10 thoughts on “All About The Book”

  1. Hello,
    I’m reading your book and it brought back memories of cycling to Reading together from Wokingham in the 40’s, and our time working at Heelas.
    Hope you receive this and remember me, It would be nice to hear from you.

    Love Avril

  2. Dear Daphne,

    I have just finished reading The Way We Wore and wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed it. It is one of those books you just don’t want to put down! I have been looking forward to bedtime just to read about the next exciting instalment of your life. You exude positivity and good sense. Thank you for such an uplifting and interesting read.

    Hope to see you again soon


  3. Dear Daphne, I began reading your book immediately and read it to the last page. Congratulations, it is a gem! It is about age; yet the language is full of charming good humour. It smiles and bounds along eagerly, with love of living.

    Without rambling too much, I’d mention there are pearls stung out along the line of your narrative; pearls of true and useful wisdom that you have magically remembered from other lips or
    dropped as if accidently from your.own hand; so the story is thoughtful yet stops short of being dismissive. They halt my reading just enough to make me take in their shape, and I like that.

    Didn’t we live through marvellous times?

    With respect & love

  4. Hello Daphne. I love reading everything you write. Your such an inspiration. I have just ordered your book for my 60th Birthday. X

  5. As delightful and enchanting to read as you are to behold. A trip down memory lane for you and a wonder through my own past in the places you have lived and visited: a remarkable life and career, you continue to inspire me from afar.

  6. Dear Daphne.
    I enjoyed your book so much “The Way We Wore” your remarkable life story and career and the places you lived and visited combined with the fashion details and the interesting people that you and your late husband were associated with.I loved the beautiful pictures too and how good the outfits looked on you.I picked up some good advice from reading your book.You are a hard working ,unspoilt lady with so much energy.I shall read this book again during the winter.

  7. Daphne …. my younger sister gave me your book as a gift recently (she picked it up last weekend at the Cheltenham Literary Festival where I apparently missed you!). I read it in a couple days as I was so captivated by your story, your life. You are BEYOND inspiring! So many similarities, outside of a few decades, I am thinking about modeling yet again! Your book was genuinely heart felt. Thank you for sharing your life.

  8. Hi Daphne

    I have just finished reading your book & absolutely loved it.

    What shone through the most for me – aside from your obvious love of family & fashion, is your adventurous spirit & willingness to look at events positively – “every cloud has a silver lining” as the saying goes.

    Keep up the great work – you truly are an inspiration!

  9. Hi Daphne,

    Mark bought me your book for Christmas and I’ve just finished reading it in only 2 days!! I couldn’t wait to find out the next chapter in your life, although I obviously knew some parts from our conversations in the past. It was wonderful, you really are an inspiration to us all. I look forward to seeing you again in Norfolk when you have a spare couple of days?!

    With love from Sue x

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