Daphne du Maurier herself describes this as the only “romantic” novel she wrote. It does have a lighter story line perhaps than some of her other work but it is still a terrific swashbuckling story and does cover important themes such as the freedom and independence men had while women were constrained by responsibilities and how society felt they should behave. Dona St Columb is a feisty heroine who grabs some excitement and independence while she can, knowing only too well that this can only be shortlived.
September 2009 Guest Editor Emily Barr on Frenchman's Creek by DAPHNE DU MAURIER
Women escaping from their day to day lives is a theme to which I find myself returning again and again. This novel is the ultimate such story, a wildly exciting and utterly engrossing adventure. Since I moved to Cornwall I have been reading Du Maurier again, and concluding that she is not sufficiently appreciated as a fabulous, literary, exciting writer.
The Restoration Court knows Lady Dona St Columb to be ripe for any folly, any outrage that will alter the tedium of her days. But there is another, secret Dona who longs for a life of honest love -- and sweetness, even if it is spiced with danger.
It is this Dona who flees the stews of London for remote Navron, looking for peace of mind in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. She finds there the passion her spirit craves -- in the love of a daring pirate hunted by all Cornwall, a Frenchman who, like Dona, would gamble his life for a moment's joy.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
'A heroine who is bound to make thousands of friends' SUNDAY TIMES
Publication date: 01/05/2003
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||1st May 2003|
|Author:||Daphne du Maurier|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (pre c 1945), Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About Daphne du Maurier