"The iron of the bridge felt hot under my hand. The sun had been upon it all day. Gripping hard with my hands I lifted myself on to the bar and gazed down steadily on the water passing under...I thought of places I would never see, and women I should never love."
In a moment of crisis, Richard is saved by a passing stranger-Jake. The two men, both at turning points, become fast friends and, out for adventure, jump aboard the first ship they see. Their journey takes them across Europe, cementing a passionate friendship. But it is in bohemian Paris that Richard finally meets the woman who enables him to fulfill his artistic promise.
Daphne du Maurier's second novel is a masterpiece of narration, showcasing for the first time in her career the male voice she would use to stunning effect in four subsequent novels, including My Cousin Rachel.
Author Biography: Daphne du Maurier was born in 1906 and lived most of her life in Cornwall. The daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier, she began writing in 1928 and was made a DBE in 1969. She died in 1989.
Du Maurier's descriptions of riding in Norwegian mountains, of life before the mast and in foreign capitals ring as true as her transcription of a young man's thoughts and talk - PUNCH
Amazingly vivid - SATURDAY REVIEW
Series: Virago Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: May 2005
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1