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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF REBECCA

‘Mary Farren went into the gun room one morning about half-past eleven, took her husband’s revolver and loaded it, then shot herself. The butler heard the sound of the gun from the pantry…’

The fourteen haunting stories in this collection span the whole of Daphne du Maurier’s writing career and explore every human emotion: an apparently happily married woman commits suicide; a steamer in wartime is rescued by a mysterious sailing-ship; a dull husband breaks loose in a surprising fashion; a con woman plays her game once too often; and a famous novelist looks for romance, only to meet with bitter disappointment.

Each meticulously observed tale shows du Maurier’s mastery of the genre.

Reviews

There is an intense and exhilarating fusion of feeling, landscape, climate, character and story. She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality
Guardian
One of the last century's most original literary talents
Daily Telegraph
A magician, a virtuoso. She can conjure up tragedy, horror, tension, suspense, the ridiculous, the vain, the romantic
Good Housekeeping