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Book SHELF: Tale of mystery.

Byline: By DENIS KILCOMMONS

DAPHNE by Justine Picardie Bloomsbury, pounds 7.99

IT is 1957 and Daphne du Maurier wanders alone through her remote mansion on the Cornish coast.

As she reflects on her failing marriage, the literary legend becomes obsessed with the iconic heroine of her most famous novel, Rebecca.

As she looks for distraction, she becomes more and more fascinated by Branwell, the reprobate brother of the Bronte sisters.

She then begins a correspondence with the enigmatic scholar, Alex Symington, in which truth and fiction combine.

Meanwhile, in present day London, a lonely young woman struggles with her thesis on du Maurier and the Brontes.

She finds herself drawn into a 50-year-old literary mystery.

Serving as both a love story and a literary mystery, this is a well-researched and absorbing novel.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2009
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