Daphne du Maurier (1907–89) had tremendous popular success with books that joined romantic, historical or even Gothic storytelling with the complexity and depth of literary novels. The four books in our collection are du Maurier’s finest, now in the realm of critically recognized classics. All four are set in Cornwall, but in different eras – from the aristocratic Dona St Columb embracing freedom, danger and a French outlaw in the 17th century, to the 1920s and newly-wed Mrs de Winter struggling to break free from the ghost of Rebecca.
One of the most famous novels of the 20th century, resonating with the Gothic romances of the 19th, this is du Maurier’s ‘study in jealousy’: the story of Maxim de Winter, his dead wife, his new bride, and a house – Manderley.
Mary Yellen promised her dying mother that she would go to live with her Aunt Patience; but Patience is married now to the landlord of Jamaica Inn, out on Bodmin Moor, and Mary must survive in a haunt of smugglers and criminals.
My Cousin Rachel
An orphan, Philip Ashley was raised by his bachelor cousin Ambrose, who made Philip his heir. During a trip to Florence, Ambrose gets married and unexpectedly dies; soon after, his widow Rachel, now Philip’s cousin, arrives in England.
Tired of life in Restoration London, Dona St Columb returns alone to her husband’s Cornish estate. A French pirate is using the house as a hide-out, but Jean-Benoit inspires not fear, but Dona’s wild spirit of adventure.