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Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

In the bitter November wind, Mary Yellan crosses Bodmin Moor to Jamaica Inn. Her mother's dying wish was that she take refuge there, with her Aunt Patience. But when Mary arrives, the warning of the coachman echoes in her mind: Jamaica Inn has a desolate power, and behind its crumbling walls Patience is a changed woman, cowering before her brooding, violent husband.

When Mary discovers the inn's dark secrets, the truth is more terrifying than anything she could possibly imagine, and she is forced to collude in her uncle's murderous schemes.

Against her will, she finds herself powerfully attracted to her uncle's brother, a man she dares not trust.

Set in Du Maurier's beloved Cornwall in the early 19th century, Jamaica Inn is a wonderful example of the Female Gothic genre. Highlighting the menace of male tyranny but with the entrapped heroine knowing that she had a choice ...if she's brave enough to break free.

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About the Author

Daphne Du Maurier was born on 13 May 1907 in London. She belonged to a creative family where her father and mother were both actors, her uncle a magazine editor and her grandfather a writer. Surrounded by these and other artists, she herself began writing at a very young age. 

She published her first novel, The Loving Spirit, in 1931. Well-received, it was followed by several other successful novels set on the wild coast of Cornwall where she came to live.

Other books included I'll Never Be Young Again (1932), Jamaica Inn (1936), Rebecca (1938), The Scapegoat (1957), The Glass-Blowers (1963) and Rule Britannia (1972). She also wrote several short stories, three plays and Vanishing Cornwall (1967), a travel guide. 

Daphne Du Maurier died on 19th April 1989 in Cornwall, England, at the age of 81.

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