My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du MaurierOrphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly. Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambroses letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousins widow with hatred in his heart. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame. And yet... might she have had a hand in Ambroses death?
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My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (1951)
A t first sight, the scene could not be more romantic. He takes a euphoric late-night dip in the sea and strides back to the house where though he does not know it yet she is about to make him the happiest man alive. I wonder if I even noticed these three brooding little words when I first read My Cousin Rachel as a teenager. Now though, rather like its protagonist, I am also stopped in my tracks. In some ways it is an age-old story, albeit with a trademark Du Maurier twist: sexually inexperienced year-old becomes infatuated with someone 10 years older.
My Cousin Rachel is a romantic drama film, written and directed by Roger Michell, based upon the novel My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier.
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My Cousin Rachel - Daphne Du Maurier
Interestingly, Daphne took the name and physical attributes of the title character from a portrait that she had seen at Antony House near Saltash. The portrait was of a woman called Rachel Carew who had married Ambrose Manaton of Kilworthy in It was an immediate success with Daphne du Maurier's fans on both sides of the Atlantic and received excellent reviews from the critics. Ambrose is the owner of a large country estate on the Cornish coast and guardian to his orphaned cousin, seven year old Philip. As they walk they see a body swinging on a gibbet and Ambrose delivers the book's memorable opening line. Not any more though. Philip reflects that if someone is accused of murder now they are given a fair hearing at the Assizes in Bodmin.