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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844087358

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ON SALE: 6th October 2016

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF REBECCA.

‘She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense’ GUARDIAN

‘One of the last century’s most original literary talents’ DAILY TELEGRAPH


‘Du Maurier employs well the assured balancing of uncanny possibilities … and the bitterly wry sense of absurdity that were to characterise her finest fiction’ HELEN TAYLOR, INDEPENDENT

‘I want to know if men realise when they are insane. Sometimes I think that my brain cannot hold together, it is filled with too much horror – too much despair . . . I cannot sleep, I cannot close my eyes without seeing his damned face. If only it had been a dream.’

This collection showcases the budding talent and fierce imagination of Daphne du Maurier, before she went on to write one of the most beloved novels of all time. In these tales of human frailty and obsession, a waterlogged notebook washes ashore, revealing a dark story of jealousy and passion; a vicar coaches a young couple divided by class issues and an older man falls perilously in love with a much younger woman. Each tale demonstrates du Maurier’s extraordinary storytelling gifts and her deep understanding of human nature.

Reviews

One of the last century's most original literary talents
Daily Telegraph
Du Maurier employs well the assured balancing of uncanny possibilities, the clever manipulation of unconscious fears and desires, and the bitterly wry sense of absurdity that were to characterise her finest fiction
Helen Taylor, Independent
She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality
Guardian
She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality
Guardian
Daphne du Maurier's early short stories reveal a talented writer finding her voice
Natasha Tripney, Guardian