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The Birds and Other Stories : VMC - Daphne Du Maurier

The Birds and Other Stories


By: Daphne Du Maurier, David Thompson (Introduction by)


Published: 28th June 2004
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How long he fought with them in the darkness he could not tell, but at last the beating of the wings about him lessened and then withdrew...

A classic of alienation and horror, The Birds was immortalised by Hitchcock in his celebrated film. The five other chilling stories in this collection echo a sense of dislocation and mock man's sense of dominance over the natural world.

The mountain paradise of Monte Verita promises immortality, but at a terrible price; a neglected wife haunts her husband in the form of an apple tree; a professional photographer steps out form behind the camera and into his subject's life; a date with a cinema usherette leads to a walk in the cemetery; and a jealous father finds a remedy when three's a crowd . . .

About the Author

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day.

In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children. Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.

'A remarkable imagination continually provokes both pity and terror' -- Observer

ISBN: 9781844080878
ISBN-10: 1844080870
Series: VMC
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th June 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1