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My Cousin Rachel - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 01/05/2003
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I remembered that morning, when she cried, she had rested he head against my heart. I had put my arms about her, for a moment, and laid my face against her hair. I wanted it to happen again.

You always feel that we’re on the verge of a Daphne du Maurier renaissance. Known of course for Rebecca and Jamaica Inn – largely regarded, and sometimes overlooked, as ‘classics’- du Maurier was far more a properly contemporary novelist, equipped with a tremendously dark imagination: this was, after all, the writer who penned the terrifying short tale Don’t Look Now.

Like many Du Maurier stories, My Cousin Rachel has been the source of multiple adaptations for film, television and radio and now lives again in the cinema, directed by Notting Hill stalwart Roger Michell and starring Rachel Weisz as the eponymous Rachel.

The novel – available both as a tie-in edition to the new film and the more usual standard edition – charts the story of young Philip, heir-in-waiting to his cousin Ambrose’s sprawling Cornish estate. Ambrose, however, is fated to perish, and in his place stands his widow, the darkly enigmatic Rachel. Philip – the dedicated bachelor – suddenly finds his heart lost to this beautiful newcomer. But is Rachel all that she seems?

Passion and paranoia conspire to create a deliciously twisting tale of secrets and lies, with Philip pitched headlong between lust and reason. Towering above it all is Daphne Du Maurier’s creation of Rachel, one of fiction’s great enigmas, the author always one step ahead of our suspicions and sympathies. My Cousin Rachel is masterful stuff from one of our very great writers of the modern thriller, ‘with an ending,’ as Justine Picardie noted in the Telegraph, ‘that continues to haunt and trouble its readers.’
 

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844080403
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 23 mm


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She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality * Guardian *
No other popular writer has so triumphantly defied classification . . . She satisfied all the questionable criteria of popular fiction, and yet satisfied the exacting requirements of "real literature", something very few novelists ever do -- Margaret Forster
From the first page . . . the reader is back in the moody, brooding atmosphere of Rebecca * New York Times Book Review *
Du Maurier is a storyteller whose sole aim is to bewitch and beguile. And in My Cousin Rachel she does both, with Rebecca looking fondly over her shoulder * New York Times *
In the same category as REBECCA, but an even more consummate piece of storytelling * GUARDIAN *
From the first page . . . the reader is back in the moody, brooding atmosphere of Rebecca * NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW *

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“Du Maurier At Her Best”

From the opening lines of this dark, gripping tale (and they are a fantastic set of opening lines) right up to the final page, you will be utterly and completely hooked. As with some of her best work, Du Maurier keeps... More

Paperback edition
9th March 2010
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“Dark and full of intrigue”

Another book that I would not have picked up normally, but was book of the month for a book club. It is probably the nearest to a classic that I have ever read.

It concerns a uncle and nephew at a Cornish property.... More

Paperback edition
18th April 2013
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“Superb !!!!!!!!!!!!”

A great book with flare maintained throughout. Du Maurier delivers once again with a marvelous book, highly recomended.

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15th October 2009
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