Rebecca

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Little, Brown Book Group, Feb 9, 2012 - Fiction - 448 pages

One of the most famous novels of the 20th century. A gothic tale of love, murder and secrets.

'Rebecca has woven its way into the fabric of our culture with all the troubling power of myth or dream.' Sarah Waters

'The greatest psychological thriller of all time' Erin Kelly

Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.

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Beautiful writing. A classic case of "fridge horror" in that the more I think about the story after I've finished it, the more horrifying it gets. Read full review

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The nameless narrator of Rebecca is working in Monte Carlo as a companion to a thoroughly unpleasant rich American woman when she is introduced to the dashing Maxim de Winter. He is rich and handsome ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.
Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.