* Du Maurier launch spearheads the Virago 30th Birthday celebrations * National and regional press ad campaign in May highlighting consumer competition to win a holiday in a National Trust cottage in Du Maurier country - all copies stickered with details *Full range of POS material * Major feature on www.virago.co.uk * High-profile presence at the LBF in March and the Du Maurier festival in May * Submitted for trade promotions
Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London and educated at home and in Paris. She lived most of her life in her beloved Cornwall, the setting for most of her novels.
Surely no audiobook collection should be without some version of this timeless classic, arguably the most famous and well-loved gothic novel of the 20th century, and this production would be an excellent choice. Read in wonderfully British cadences by Anna Massey, all the mysterious and oppressive nuances are made immediate and chilling. We even feel some sympathy for the absurdly timid and cowering heroine; it is, after all, easy to imagine feeling woefully inferior to the predecessor and desperately eager to please. Of course the story requires great leaps of credulity; imagine a new bride hearing her husband confessing to the cold-blooded killing of his first wife and disposing of her body, and him ultimately getting away with murder, all without turning a hair, glad only to find that he had not even loved the glorious Rebecca so they can live happily ever after. Not how you remember it? Forget the movie; it makes mincemeat of the actual tale. A wise seven-year-old once told me, "The book is always betterDit goes right into your head." This is a prime exampleDlisten again; it gets even better. Highly recommended.DHarriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
'Excellent entertainment ... du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings' Stephen King