Mary Anne - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Mary Anne - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages
Published: 01/04/2004
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'She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense' GUARDIAN

'This novel catches fire' NEW YORK TIMES

'With unfailing du Maurier skill, the author has coupled family interest with dramatic sense' ELIZABETH BOWEN

She set men's hearts on fire and scandalized a country.

In Regency London, the only way for a woman to succeed is to beat men at their own game. So when Mary Anne Clarke seeks an escape from her squalid surroundings in Bowling Inn Alley, she ventures first into the scurrilous world of the pamphleteers. Her personal charms are such, however, before long she is noticed by the Duke of York.

With her taste for luxury and power, Mary Anne, now a royal mistress, must aim higher. Her lofty connections allow her to establish a thriving trade in military commissions, provoking a scandal that rocks the government and brings personal disgrace.

A vivid portrait of overweening ambition, Mary Anne is set during the Napoleonic Wars and based on the life of du Maurier's own great-great-grandmother.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844080885
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 317 g
Dimensions: 208 x 130 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

Daphne du Maurier has no equal - Sunday Telegraph

This novel catches fire - New York Times

Like its heroine the book is possessed of such unforgettably vivid charm that one is seduced

With unfailing du Maurier skill, the author has coupled family interest with dramatic sense - Elizabeth Bowen

Likely to rank as the author's best book - Saturday Review

With unfailing du Maurier skill, the author has coupled family interest with dramatic sense - Elizabeth Bowen, Tatler

Like its heroine the book is possessed of such unforgettably vivid charm that one is seduced - L. S. Hilton

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“A Dazzling Pre-Regency Soap Opera!”

Daphne Du Maurier uses the scandalous true story of her own ancestor, Mary Anne Clarke, to weave a web of luxury, gossip, intrigue, and decadence set in early 1800s London that will captivate and engross the reader!... More

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