Books by Daphne du Maurier

THE DOLL by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Old-fashioned fun."
Early work by the author of Rebecca and other bestsellers, some written while du Maurier (1907-1989) was still in her teens, brings back the era when short stories were popular entertainment. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1989

"Although the text is probably of interest mostly to hard-core fans, more than a hundred truly gorgeous photographs broaden the appeal: prospective travelers will find itinerary inspiration, and anyone who loves the outdoors may relish a quick browse through the misty moors, seascapes, and woods of this wild and peaceful region."
Du Maurier's final book (she died last April) is both a personal memoir and a love letter to Cornwall, which served as inspiration for—and setting of—much of her popular fiction (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"Part pure fluff, part inspirational—a friendly, unpretentious du Maurier grab-bag."
An agreeable miscellany of minor du Maurier: 15 early stories (previously collected only in paperback), ten bits of family history and personal memoir, three poems, and a few pages of working notes for the novel Rebecca. Read full book review >
MYSELF WHEN YOUNG by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Sept. 23, 1977

"She is a better novelist than journal-keeper."
Miss du Maurier, prolific author—of novels, travel books, biographies, short stories, plays—here indulges herself (her phrase) by writing out her "thoughts, impressions, and actions" from the age of three until the publication of her first novel, and her marriage, at twenty-five, in an engaging foreword, she hopes to encourage "young writers, as unsure of themselves as I once was, to try their hand." Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 1977

"They have appeared in collections dating back to 1952."
The two most well-known du Maurier pieces of short fiction—"The Birds" and "Don't Look Now"—are reprinted here, along with seven other tales of oddness, secrets, and unexplained happenings. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 21, 1976

"Catherine Drinker Bowen's The Lion and The Throne (1956; a biography of Coke) and Francis Bacon: The Temper of A Man (1963) remain the layman's guides par excellence to this material."
Du Maurier began this story with Golden Lads (1975), a study of the young Bacon and his beloved older brother Anthony, ending with Anthony's death in 1601. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 1975

"Meandering, and truth to tell, a shade dull, but worthwhile as an oblique approach to Francis Bacon's neglected brother and Elizabethan espionage at the slippery edge of power."
Of the two golden lads—the philosopher, essayist and barrister Francis Bacon, and his brother Anthony, sons of Elizabeth I's Lord Keeper—du Maurier is most concerned with the career of Anthony, whose life was anything but golden. Read full book review >
RULE BRITANNIA by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Jan. 19, 1972

"It's just quietly comfortable."
A salvo to the England that there'll always be, even if it doesn't amount to much more than that lovable stubbornness called "bloodymindedness," in the form of a benign now-based fantasy about the partnership of the United States and the United Kingdom into something called USUK. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1971

"Without a doubt all within its shadow."
With Daphne du Maurier you always know where you're at, or do you, since all of these five, long stories deal with supernal manifestations of one kind or another. Read full book review >
VANISHING CORNWALL by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Aug. 18, 1967

Cornwall, England...with its legends of Arthur and Tristan, its intimations of Crete, its history and tales, its trades and peoples...its perpetual spring...a likely subject for Miss du Maurier's romance. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON by Daphne du Maurier
Released: April 26, 1965

"However, if Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt can crest the bestseller lists with their weaker offerings, Daphne's dilly should make it with exactly the same audience increased by those hopefuls who remember Rebecca."
Daphne du Maurier is an excellent storyteller and can set in motion the most wornout mechanisms of melodrama in a way that doesn't irritate. Read full book review >
THE GLASS-BLOWERS by Daphne du Maurier
Released: March 22, 1963

"The author's name will sell a book that may well be below her peak as a storyteller."
Based on another snatch of du Maurier family history, this reaches back to the time of the French Revolution. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 1961

"But it is unlikely that even her name will achieve for it the wide and sure popularity of her earlier work."
A study- with newly interpreted evidence from his own writings and other sources- of the tragic brother of the gifted Bronte sisters, this throws fresh light on the dour background, the home life- less grim than usually pictured- and, unfortunately, the limitations of medical knowledge in handling Branwell's undoubted epilepsy. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 1961

"The end result is perhaps more Quiller-Couch than du Maurier, though it has a certain charm and fascination, and if the sale is not marred by the one-shot appearance, is certain of a substantial du Maurier sale."
A famous English man of letters of the old school, Quiller-Couch started- and never finished- this refurbishing of the Tristan legend in modern dress. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 1959

"In this collection, as in The Apple Tree, Daphne du Maurier's peerless craftmanship, her eerie sense of the macabre, her gift for sheer story telling come to full fruition."
A haunting series of stories, in most cases putting it up to the reader to interpret the final outcome — in all cases using the device of the moment in life when emotion or reason reaches the point of tension beyond which something snaps. Read full book review >
THE SCAPEGOAT by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Feb. 20, 1956

"A sure best seller."
In her role as a spinner of tales, Daphne du Maurier has few equals, and this, which in any other hands would be a fantastically unbelievable yarn, holds the spellbound reader with a mounting conviction that so it might have been. Read full book review >
MARY ANNE by Daphne du Maurier
Released: June 18, 1954

"Not top drawer du Maurier, but a sure best seller."
A novel, quite openly based on actual historical records relating to Miss du Maurier's great, great grandmother, Mary Anne Clarke. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1953

"These for sampling a collection that carries a name value."
A collection of eight stories, one of which is virtually a short novel and six of which appeared in England under the title, The Apple Tree. Read full book review >
MY COUSIN RACHEL by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Feb. 11, 1951

"A gifted craftsman and spinner of yarns, Daphne du Maurier excells herself."
This comes closer to Rebecca than anything Miss du Maurier has done and is, I think, one of her best novels, ingeniously contrived as to plot, successfully realized as to characters. Read full book review >
SEPTEMBER TIDE by Daphne du Maurier
Released: July 6, 1950

"Gertrude Lawrence starred in the successful London presentation of the piece and is bringing it to this country to play in the summer theatres."
By blowing a little dust off the plot, this well-known writer has achieved a gentle and pleasantly sentimental comedy of manners wherein artist son-in-law falls in love with the more mellow grace of his wife's mother. Read full book review >
THE PARASITES by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Jan. 3, 1949

"Skilled craftsmanship, but not so holding a story as Rebecca."
Quite different — and somehow more personal- than Daphne du Maurier's other novels. Read full book review >
THE YEARS BETWEEN by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Aug. 8, 1946

"Well, she gives up Richard- and accepts again the role of deserted wife as Michael is again assigned to foreign service."
This is a success in London- but it creaks as one reads it. Read full book review >
HUNGRY HILL by Daphne du Maurier
Released: June 11, 1943

"It will sell — and rent — on Daphne du Maurier's name, but I cannot see it showing the staying power of Rebecca or even the popular romantic pull of Frenchman's Creek."
A new departure for Miss du Maurier, and one, I am afraid, that will be a disappointment to her readers who have come to expect fast-paced, tense stories of character and action. Read full book review >
FRENCHMAN'S CREEK by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Feb. 2, 1942

"Mad adventure, not always convincing as to details (or, in retrospect, as to pattern), but excellent escape reading in days when sheer story telling provides a way out as relief from daily headlines."
Better late than never — sorry! Read full book review >
HAPPY CHRISTMAS by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Nov. 15, 1940

"Use this book instead of a card — it is the ideal small gift book selection this year, and for years to come."
It took restraint and courage to write — and publish — this modern parable. Read full book review >
REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Sept. 23, 1938

"Should be easy to sell — easy to rent."
A brilliant piece of writing, with the atmosphere and suspense and pace that made Jamaica Inn an absorbing and thrilling story — and it has besides a depth of characterization and soundness of psychological conflict that makes it a finer and more penetrating book. Read full book review >
THE DU MAURIERS by Daphne du Maurier
Released: April 23, 1937

"Sell to everyone who liked Gerald; and then turn about and sell Gerald to everyone who likes this."
Gerald starts with the marriage of "Kicky" (George) du Maurier. Read full book review >
JAMAICA INN by Daphne du Maurier
Released: April 17, 1936

"The colored posters supply excellent sales aids."
Grand adventure in the high manner — wild moors — mysterious midnight marauders — strange eerie happenings — piracy and wrecking and smuggling and murder — an innkeeper who turns guests away — his wife, cowed and terrified — an albino in the guise of a clergyman — and a girl whose courage and curiosity help to uncover the dastardly truth of it all. Read full book review >
GERALD by Daphne du Maurier
Released: April 5, 1935

"Good reading."
A delightful biography of Gerald du Maurier, the actor, by his daughter. Read full book review >
THE PROGRESS OF JULIUS by Daphne du Maurier
Released: July 19, 1933

"Not a book for wide sales."
It is hard to credit the author of THE GENTLE SPIRIT, with its amazingly wise and balanced portrayal of the members of a family over several generations, with so bitter a portrayal of a character as she has given here. Read full book review >