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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844080390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844080397
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daphne du Maurier was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier. Educated at home and later in Paris, she began writing short stories and articles in 1928, and in 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. Rebecca made her one of the most popular authors of her day. Many of her bestselling novels became award-winning films. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books. She died in 1989.

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Daphne du Maurier has no equal (Sunday Telegraph)

A true classic (Amazon.com)

Jamaica Inn is perhaps the most accomplished historical romance ever written (Good Book Guide)

Jamaica Inn is a first-rate page-turner. (The Times)

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* By one of the 20th century's best loved storytellers.

* A classic tale of murder, mystery and romance.


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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2009
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This isn't the sort of book I'd normally pick up, but on a fairly recent visit to the South West, I visited the Jamaica Inn. After eating there and having a look around the gift shop and noting the tourists swarming around, I thought I'd better find out exactly what all the fuss was about. And so I got hold of a copy of this book. I'm glad I did.

Though Daphne du Maurier is best known for her novel Rebecca, Jamaica Inn appealed more to me because of having been to the place. Though it's undoubtedly changed considerably since du Maurier's time, I can definitely still see how it must have affected her all those years ago. Looking out across the horizon where the moors stretch, I can see how foreboding it must have been; less the hundreds of tourists, village and nearby dual carriageway.

Jamaica Inn is the story of Mary Yellan. Recently orphaned, Mary grants her mother's dying wish by travelling across Cornwall to go and live with her Aunt Patience at Jamaica Inn, a lonely inn on the Bodmin to Launceston road. However, before arriving, Mary hears all kinds of odd tales about the goings-on at the inn, mainly stories to do with the horrible man that it appears her aunt has married. Sure that the people are exaggerating and her uncle is merely misunderstood, Mary continues on her way. But shortly after arriving at her new home, Mary realises that she has made a mistake. The once-happy Patience is now a shadow of her former self, skulking around and pandering to her husband's every whim. It would appear that the rumours she'd heard were true.

There are few visitors to the inn, and the people that do come are just like her Uncle Joss, loud, uncouth and intimidating.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. WILSON on 18 Mar. 2010
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One of the skills required of a great audiobook reader, is the ability to portray the character and atmosphere of the story. It is in this that Samantha Bond excels. This is a superbly dark, atmospheric story, set on Cornwall's wild and desolate Bodmin moor. A young woman, Mary Yellan, takes up residence with her Aunt and Uncle at Jamaika inn. It soon becomes apparent, that life at Jamaica is not all that it seems to be. Mary becomes entangled in a web of smuggling, danger, murder and romance, where few people are what they appear to be. Samantha Bond brings this story to life, capturing the character, pace, tension and atmosphere of Daphne du Maurier's classic, in a way that few audiobook readers can, in my experience. This is a gem, a great combination of story and reader. This has long been a favourite of mine and is one of the finest examples of the audiobook readers art, that I have heard.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BCT on 1 Sept. 2011
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?Mary Yellan is a simple country girl (oh how I hate this phrase but it's basically true) and when her mother dies, she goes to live in the eerie Jamaica Inn with her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss. Mary's memories of Aunt Patience are wonderful: all smiles and laughter but this has changed when she reaches Jamaica Inn and her Uncle Joss is less than inviting. The more time Mary spends with her Uncle, the more she realises there's something no good about him and as the story unfolds we find more than one devious character hiding within this novel.I really really enjoyed this book. My favourite du Maurier is My Cousin Rachel, closely followed by Rebecca but now I just can't decide. The atmosphere du Maurier creates upon Bodmin Moor in Cornwall is brooding, dark and sinister and these qualities are reflected in Mary's Uncle Joss' night time companions. Joss himself is a fantastic creation as he somehow manages to be both terrifying and enigmatic. Other key characters include Joss' brother Jem, who Mary takes a unexpected shine to and the seemingly friendly and all-knowing Vicar of Altarnun. I have to say the Vicar's characterisation is definitely my favourite but can't go into detail why without spoiling the plot and I try not to do that.There's an undercurrent of piracy and smuggling in this novel which ties in with the real history of Jamaica Inn in Cornall and this is what makes the novel even more interesting.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Feb. 2007
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I defy anyone not to be gripped by the opening chapter where the heroine, Mary Yellan is travelling to Jamaica Inn by stagecoach on a winter's night battling the wind and rain. Like her other books Du Maurier draws the setting, Bodmin Moor in Cornwall brilliantly and this coupled with a feisty heroine and a giant rogue of a villain in her uncle, the landlord of Jamaica Inn all make for a great read. The Inn itself, hinted at early on as being a sinister place, does not disappoint and I was totally drawn into the dark goings on as Mary slowly unravels its secrets and that of her uncle.
Rebecca is better but this is still an excellent book and will keep you hooked to the twistingly brilliant ending. Faultless writing by, in my opinion, the master storyteller.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Greshon on 25 Jan. 2007
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Like Wuthering Heights, the scenery and setting in this brooding book are extremely important, creating and refelcting mood. Here, rather than the Yorkshire Moors, it's Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Within these bleak and hostile moors sits the solitary and isolated inn of the title (still there in real life), presided over by the frightening and cruel drunkard, Joss Merlyn. But is he the real villain, or is he just being used by an even more powerful force?

What I particulalty like about this book is that it's set in Victorian times, reads very much like a Victiorian novel, but is not blunted by that era's strict censorship (Jamaica Inn was published in the - slightly- freer 1930s). Mary and Jem actually do frolic quite suggestively, despite not being married, and this behaviour is not damned by the narrative.

It is interesting that Hitchcock made films of three Du Maurier works. As well as Jamaica Inn, The Birds and Rebecca are also based on her stories. He must have been a fan.
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