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Birds and Other Stories

by Daphne Du Maurier

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ISBN: 9780349006666
ANNOTATION:
Daphne du Maurier's chilling short-story collection, the title story was famously made into a film by Hitchcock - perfect for the Halloween and Christmas markets.
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  • Hardcover
    $23.58
ISBN: 9780349006666
ANNOTATION:
Daphne du Maurier's chilling short-story collection, the title story was famously made into a film by Hitchcock - perfect for the Halloween and Christmas markets.

Annotation

Daphne du Maurier's chilling short-story collection, the title story was famously made into a film by Hitchcock - perfect for the Halloween and Christmas markets.

Publisher Description

'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 from 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 . . .

Author Biography

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.

Review

Building from an almost pastoral scene of autumnal Cornwall, this carefully realistic story builds into unfathomable horror - The Guardian

Long Description

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF REBECCA '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 from 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 . . .

Product Details

Author
Daphne Du Maurier
Pages
256
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Year
2015
ISBN-10
0349006660
ISBN-13
9780349006666
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2015-10-01
Media
Book
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Language
English
Series Number
1553
Audience
General/Trade
Series
Virago Modern Classics