Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan

Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan

In his revelatory Neverland, Piers Dudgeon tells the tragic story of J. M. Barrie and the Du Maurier family. Driven by a need to fill the vacuum left by sexual impotence, Barrie sought out George du Maurier, Daphne du Maurier’s grandfather (author of the famed Trilby), who specialized in hypnosis. Barrie’s fascination and obsession with the Du Maurier family is a shocking study of greed and psychological abuse, as we observe Barrie as he applies these lessons in mind control to captivate George’s daughter Sylvia, his son Gerald, as well as their children—who became the inspiration for the Darling family in Barrie’s immortal Peter Pan.


Barrie later altered Sylvia’s will after her death so that he could become the boys’ legal guardian, while pushing several members of the family to nervous breakdown and suicide. Barrie’s compulsion to dominate was so apparent to those around him that D. H. Lawrence once wrote: J. M Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die.

Title:Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781605980638

    Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan Reviews

  • Benjamin

    I've never been more captivated by a book I respected less and less as I read each page. Dudgeon starts with a valid premise, and one that he is not of course the first to write about: that J. M. Barr...

  • Spoffy

    Ick. This's gotta be one of the least pleasant books I've ever read. from page 1, Dudgeon paints Barrie as the most sinister, predatory, and destructive of men, with few (any?) positive traits, using ...

  • Joy Lanzendorfer

    This book is bizarre. The writer, this Dudgeon fellow, goes far, far out on limbs without a shred of evidence to hold him up. He actually suggests that as a young man, Barrie killed his brother, a sce...

  • Quirkyreader

    I love the story "Peter Pan" and always will. My shelves can attest to it. I always new that J.M. Barrie was a unique character, but I didn't know how unsettling he was. He was one of those people who...

  • Sarah (Presto agitato)

    I'm not sure quite what to say about this book. Parts of it were fascinating, but I found much of the wild speculation to be hard to swallow, especially with little in the way of sourcing to back the ...

  • Denis

    For anyone intrigued by the world and life of J.M.Barrie, and by the tragic circumstances surrounding his obsession with the family that inspired him to write Peter Pan, this book is a must-read. Dudg...

  • Jane

    RECIPE FOR MAKING NEVERLANDIn a large pot, mix together the following ingredients. Bring them to a rolling boil.1 quart of supposition2 gallons of speculation1 large measure of intrigue1 heaping table...

  • Misfit

    From the jacket,As D.H. Lawrence once wrote: J.M. Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die.Shudders....

  • Kara

    This felt a bit like in the last book of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", where Rita Skeeter writes an unauthorized biography of Albus Dumbledore. Yeah, it felt just as...

  • Persephone

    First off, I finished reading this book out of pure altruism: so you won't have to. All right, it's also because I paid for the damned thing. I found it in the bargain bin of my local bookstore and it...