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Rebecca

by Daphne du Maurier

Part of the Virago Modern Classics Series

Book Club Recommendations eBooks of the Month Family Drama Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

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A 2012 World Book Night selection.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”  is probably one of the most famous first lines from a novel and captures the readers interest immediately. What is Manderley? Why is our narrator dreaming about it? The story is relayed to us by the second Mrs de Winter who is not even given a name throughout the novel, as if to emphasise how insignificant she is compared to her predecessor, Rebecca. This book is haunting, chilling and packed full of intrigue. Who was Rebecca, why did people love her so much, was she good or evil? The narrator is constantly searching for answers to questions that no-one seems to want to answer but the truth that has been hidden for years is about to be revealed. A true classic.

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Rebecca Synopsis

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

Working as a lady’s companion, the 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. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, 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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Rebecca Press Reviews

'Excellent entertainment . . . du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings’ Stephen King

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ISBN: 9781844080380
Publication date: 30/01/2003
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844080380
Publication date: 30th January 2003
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Classics, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Daphne du Maurier

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. She began writing short stories and articles in 1928 and in 1931 her first novel, THE LOVING SPIRIT, was published. It was the novel REBECCA  that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of all time. 

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