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Daphne Du Maurier
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2 Jan 1992
A novel set in Cornwall at the time of Charles II, which tells the story of the relationship between a beautiful and capricious lady and a dangerous but attractive French pirate.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (2 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099865904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099865902
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A heroine who is bound to make thousands of friends (SUNDAY TIMES) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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* one of du Maurier's most popular novels

* a novel of suspense set during the Restoration

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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WHEN THE EAST wind blows up Helford river the shining waters become troubled and disturbed, and the little waves beat angrily upon the sandy shores. Read the first page
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching novel 10 Jun 2005
While the classic "Rebecca" is widely regarded as Daphne du Maurier's best work, I believe that "Frenchman's Creek" is also worthy of recognition. This is a lovely tale of an upper-class woman who is bored of her pompous daily life and desperately desires the freedom to do as she pleases, and as I found this theme interesting I was absorbed in the novel from the first page. As ever, du Maurier uses extensive, sophisticated vocabulary, which makes this novel a great challenge for teenagers and upwards, but possibly too difficult to follow for younger readers. While this novel is not a relentless page-turner, the plot is more adventurous than that of other du Maurier novels and I found myself wishing to read on more often than not, eager to discover what Lady Dona and her newly found true love, Jean-Pierre Aubery, would encounter next as they sailed on Aubery's pirate ship.
If you are not a romance or history lover, do not be discouraged from purchasing this wonderful novel. I generally stay clear of this genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Frenchman's Creek"; the romance is slight and is not over-the-top. The characters have been deeply thought out and are in no way superficial, while du Maurier's carefully chosen words perfectly paint a picture of the beautiful setting, whether it is in the middle of the English Channel or at the trademark grand house in the midst of breathtaking gardens. A refreshing read for lovers of intelligently written work.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blown away 28 July 2005
By faye
If you're a romantic like me or a fan of history (like me again)you've just got to read this, and even if you're not still read it (don't worry it doesnt go all soppy or go into huge long descriptions of period costume!) The book is basically about Lady Dona St Column who is bored of her life and longing, not only for some excitement, but for something with some meaning. She escapes to the cornish coast where she meats a dashing pirate wanted by all her "friends" and embarks on an exciting adventure. This is a must-read for everyone 13 and over! It'll blow you away!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written escapism 3 Dec 2007
A holiday in Cornwall would not be complete without a Du Maurier to read. I have just reread this one many years after I first enjoyed it, and I still loved it.
Dona St Columb is a spoilt aristocratic lady who is married to a man that she doesn't care for. She has indulged in wilder and wilder pranks in order to keep boredom at bay, becoming the talk of London in the process. At the opening of the story, she has finally become disgusted and ashamed of her behaviour and is fleeing with her children to her husband's remote Cornish estate. There she finds the freedom, and adventure that she has craved when a French pirate ship is moored in the creek below her house. As ever, Du Maurier's descriptions of Cornwall are beautiful, and so wonderfully evocative. The opening passage, where a modern day holiday maker ventures a little way down the mysterious and silent creek in his boat is a perfect taster for what is to come. As one other reviewer has mentioned, Du Maurier obviously wasn't striving for realism in this story. But if you are going to write about a romance between a pirate and a lady, you might as well let yourself go - which she has done most enjoyably.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable!! 8 Mar 2004
This book is outstanding.Full of romance,danger and excitmeant.Another one of Daphne Du mauier's great novels.It wasn't something i was planning to read but i'm glad i did.There is nothing dull or plain about this book.I would recommend this book to anyone over 13.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape!!! 16 Mar 2004
By A Customer
If you crave adventure and romance, read this. Dona and her Frenchman will captivate you. As you would expect from Daphne du Maurier, the language is so rich that you can see, hear, smell and taste Cornwall. This story is a joy from start to finish. Read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reading of this classic. 6 Jan 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
John Castle's reading gives real feeling to this wonderful audiobook, his pace is good and once listening, one forgets it a man reading-one is taken directly into the plot,such is his skill. Unhurried and excellent quality recording.Unabridged at 8 hours.45 mins.[6 casettes] The plot is set in the latter part of 17th.century Cornwall, on the Helford river and it's mysterious and winding creeks. The charcters spring to life, and once begun, cannot stop listening!Highly recommended both as a romantic story and as a high quality reading and recording.Never tire of listening to this one,I will never part with it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frenchman's Creek 15 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this book. Du Maurier could certainly teach a thing or two to writers such as E L James who feel the need to use raw sex to sell her books and compromise on plot, story and good writing to achieve it. For this book had sexual tension, a passionate love story, swashbuckling, high drama and more but never once mentioned a sexual act. I'm no prude but I am a lover of good quality writing and a meaty story and this delivered on both counts. Highly recommended by me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the Girls 13 April 2010
Despite being a work of fiction, this book feels as though it tells a real-life tale of the author's personal feelings of isolation and longing. Set in the reign of Charles II, `Frenchman's Creek' tells the story of the restless and unhappy Lady Dona St Columb, who flees London after playing a practical joke on an unfortunate countess, egged on by the rake Rockingham. Feeling guilty about what she has done and unhappy at what her life has become, she seeks isolation at her husband's Cornish estate and finds joy in the simple pleasures of playing with her children and exploring the coast. On one such walk, she encounters a French pirate, Jean Aubrey, and her life takes an unexpected turn... Du Maurier wrote this book while in Langley End, Hertfordshire, away from the wild Cornish landscape which she loved, perhaps inspiring Dona's sense of longing in the story. Also, according to Sheila Hodges, Du Maurier's editor, Dona carries many of the authors own feelings about wanting to be a boy, the Cornish countryside and her passion for freedom (P. 30, the Daphne Du Maurier Companion, Ed. Helen Taylor). This was certainly the feeling I got while reading the book. Unfortunately, this view of the female experience has become a bit of a cliché in recent years and as a modern feminist, it made me a bit uncomfortable. I stuck with the book, however, and am glad that I did because the pace and adventure quickens as the story progresses, leading to a satisfying ending. Although I don't feel this is Du Maurier's best work and wouldn't recommend it to a first time reader (unless in their mid-teens!), it was enjoyable and should be accepted for what it is - a bit of romantic escapism.
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My copy arrived late, not the seller's fault, as the post office sent it strapped to the horny back of a turtle without a compass. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time great romance
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply magical
although I may be biased by my love of Du Maurier country, this was the first of her novels I have read. I found it enchanting yet with depth rather than froth. A beautiful novel.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Dunford
5.0 out of 5 stars ... for a friend who wanted a copy - so pleased it was still in print
Bought for a friend who wanted a copy - so pleased it was still in print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super Read!
Well crafted and shows that there are old books worth a read. Romance old style is such a tease.

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