Rule Britannia

Rule Britannia

by Daphne du Maurier

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"A diverse and engrossing cast of characters...provocative, diverting." --Chicago Tribune

Emma wakes up one morning to an apocalyptic world. The cozy existence she shares with her grandmother, an eccentric retired actress known to all as Madam, has been shattered: there's no post, no telephone, no radio - and an American warship sits in the harbor.

As the two women piece together clues about the 'friendly' military occupation on their doorstep, family, friends and neighbours gather round to protect their heritage. In this chilling novel of the future, Daphne du Maurier explores the implications of a political, economic and military alliance between Britain and the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316253000
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 933,000
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the actor Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of the author and artist George du Maurier. Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931, but it would be her fifth novel, Rebecca, that made her one of the most popular authors of her day. Besides novels, du Maurier wrote plays, biographies, and several collections of short fiction. Many of her works were made into films, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, "Don't Look Now," and "The Birds." She lived most of her life in Cornwall, and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1969.

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Rule Britannia 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Kasthu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve found in my experience that you can never go completely wrong with any of Daphne du Maurier¿s novels¿even this one, which isn¿t exactly up my alley. I¿m used to her books being historical fiction, suspense, or nonfiction, so I didn¿t know how I would like this somewhat-futuristic one.The novel is set on the eve of an ominous US/UK ¿alliance¿ in which American marine personnel are stationed in and around a small Cornish town. Emma is a young woman who lives with her grandmother, a famous actress who has a habit of adopting stray children. This is the story of Emma and her family, and how a Cornish town rebels against the US/UK alliance.This book is similar to some of her other books and stories; in particular, the atmosphere of this novel reminds me a lot of the short story ¿The Birds.¿ Although the American marines aren¿t outwardly dangerous at first, there¿s a menacing air to them that becomes downright creepy over time. The book is described as being futuristic, but it¿s hard to know exactly when this book is supposed to take place. It¿s also been described as political commentary, but du Maurier¿s message isn¿t exactly clear¿she¿s a lot better at creating atmosphere as opposed to making political commentary.As far as the characters go, mad is of course head and shoulders above the rest; I love that she¿s both eccentric and humorous, especially in the way she dresses. I¿m not sure, though, why du Maurier kept emphasizing people¿s ages; we must hear over and over again that Mad is 79. Maybe it was foreshadowing to prepare the reader for the end of the book, but I thought that part of the story was clumsily done. Although this book is a page-turner, I don¿t think that it¿s one of du Maurier¿s best, unfortunately.
abbie_g on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much I sped through it in 2 days!
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