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The Birds And Other Stories

Virago Modern Classics

By Daphne Du Maurier, David Thompson (Introduction by)

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 12 July 2003
The idea for this famous story came to du Maurier one day when she was walking across to Menabilly Barton farm from the house. She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field whilst above him the seagulls were diving and wheeling. She developed an idea about the birds becoming hostile and attacking him. In her story, the birds become hostile after a harsh winter with little food -- first the seagulls, then birds of prey, and finally even small birds -- all turn against mankind. The nightmarish vision appealed to Hitchcock who turned it into the celebrated film.

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About the Author

Daphne du Maurier was born in 1906 and educated at home and in Paris. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. She was made a DBE in 1969 and died in 1989.


'A remarkable imagination continually provokes both pity and terror' OBSERVER

EAN: 9781844080878
ISBN: 1844080870
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.3 x 1.7 centimetres (0.13 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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A good collection of horror stories, with a 3.58 average. The score for this one is hence basically 4.25 out of 5.

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