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My Cousin Rachel Film Tie in by Daphne Du Maurier, Roger Michell
  

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This is du Maurier’s tenth novel and only the second where she had a male narrator. Philip Ashley is young and inexperienced in the ways of the world and this is the perspective taken on the story as it unfolds. Due to his naivety, and jealousy, he possibly misjusdges Rachel but the great thing about this book is that questions are left open on the tragic events that take place. The reader must decide for themselves quite who to believe. Set in one of Daphne’s favourite places in Cornwall, Menabilly, her descriptions of landscape are enthralling as is her powerful story telling.

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Synopsis

My Cousin Rachel Film Tie in by Daphne Du Maurier, Roger Michell

Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in making Philip his heir, knowing he will treasure his beautiful Cornish estate.

But Philip's world is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and then dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances. Before long, the new widow - Philip's cousin Rachel - arrives in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, mysterious woman. But could she have caused Ambrose's death?

Reviews

'She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality' Guardian

'No other popular writer has so triumphantly defied classification ... She satisfied all the questionable criteria of popular fiction, and yet satisfied the exacting requirements of real literature , something very few novelists ever do' -- Margaret Forster

'From the first page ... the reader is back in the moody, brooding atmosphere of Rebecca' New York Times Book Review

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th May 2017

Author

Daphne Du Maurier, Roger Michell

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Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Books Behind TV & Film

Crime & mystery
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349009858

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