1 November 2017 Susannah

Daphne du Maurier and ‘Rebecca’

Daphne du Maurier & Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is a novel with two heroines, though one is nameless and the other is only a memory. It’s a novel which has a hero who is a murderer. It has a haunting opening sentence which has become justly famous, and since its publication in 1938 Rebecca has enthralled readers and remained Daphne du Maurier’s most popular book.

Daphne du Maurier & Rebecca

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I first read Rebecca as a teenager, but have re-read it as an adult and often lectured on the book and its author. I find it intriguing and hope that I can make you think about its complexities and themes.

Find out about the woman behind the book, what inspired her to write a novel in which the romantic lead is a wife-killer, and what film versions you can watch. The monograph is only $3, and includes questions for discussion in case your book group would like to do it.

Click here to purchase A Reader’s Guide to Daphne du Maurier and Rebecca.


Once you have received your copy of A Reader’s Guide to Daphne du Maurier and Rebecca add more enjoyment to it with a FREE Companion Guide. Susannah has prepared this recommended reading list to accompany A Reader’s Guide to Daphne du Maurier and Rebecca with a list of resources.



Comments (6)

  1. Jennifer Gray

    Hi Susannah,
    Thank you for the wonderful lecture at WEA – “My Cousin Rachel” and “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier.
    I have now read “My Cousin Rachel” for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed it, along with your reading notes. I now look forward to seeing the recent movie.
    I have since re-read “Rebecca” and enjoyed it all over again, with the extended knowledge which you brought to my understanding of the novel. I have just finished watching the 1979 British mini-series with Joanna David and Jeremy Brett – what a wonderful production, so true to the book. I look forward to re-watchig the Alfred Hitchcock version, and also the 1997 mini-series with Diana Rigg as Mrs Danvers.
    Thank you so much for your recommendations – they have enhanced my reading pleasure no end!
    Kind regards
    Jenny Gray

    • Susannah Fullerton

      I am so glad you enjoyed the talk and reading ‘My Cousin Rachel’ for the first time. Where did you get hold of the Joanna David film version? I would love to see it again and have never seen it available commercially. I recently listened to an audio version of Du Maurier’s novel ‘Hungry Hill’, one of the few books by her I had not read. It was very well read and I really enjoyed it.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      I am delighted you enjoyed the lecture. Thanks so much for letting me know about the ABC screening. I was out last night and had to miss it, but will try and get hold of it elsewhere.

  2. Stacey S

    Hi Susannah,

    Thank you for this wonderful literary monograph. I am enjoying reading Daphne’s books this year. I just finished reading Jamaica Inn last weekend – I was very impressed and found the book so fascinating. Have you visited Jamaica Inn or Menabilly house? Frenchman’s Creek is next on my list, however, after reading your monograph, I am also very keen to read Mary Anne. Mary Anne Clarke does seem very interesting.

    I am also very curious about Daphne’s life and hope to read some of her biographies. Thank you for providing a list in your monograph. I think I might begin with Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay.


    P.S. Looking forward to the next monograph. Please consider a monograph on Nancy Mitford next year – I would love to hear your thoughts on one of Nancy’s novels and the Mitford sisters.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Oh Stacey, you have made my day. I have worked hard on my monographs, trying to make them appealing and interesting, so it is just fabulous to get your nice feedback. Many thanks! Yes, I will add Nancy to my list for next year. She is my favourite Mitford girl and I love her books. That is a great suggestion. I have just got an audio version of ehr book ‘Hungry Hill’, one of the few I have not read, so am looking forward to that. I loved the book about Daphne and her sisters – you might like to try that too.

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