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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844080885

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

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‘She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense’ GUARDIAN

‘This novel catches fire’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘With unfailing du Maurier skill, the author has coupled family interest with dramatic sense’ ELIZABETH BOWEN


She set men’s hearts on fire and scandalized a country.

In Regency London, the only way for a woman to succeed is to beat men at their own game. So when Mary Anne Clarke seeks an escape from her squalid surroundings in Bowling Inn Alley, she ventures first into the scurrilous world of the pamphleteers. Her personal charms are such, however, before long she is noticed by the Duke of York.

With her taste for luxury and power, Mary Anne, now a royal mistress, must aim higher. Her lofty connections allow her to establish a thriving trade in military commissions, provoking a scandal that rocks the government and brings personal disgrace.

A vivid portrait of overweening ambition, Mary Anne is set during the Napoleonic Wars and based on the life of du Maurier’s own great-great-grandmother.

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Like its heroine the book is possessed of such unforgettably vivid charm that one is seduced
L. S. Hilton
With unfailing du Maurier skill, the author has coupled family interest with dramatic sense
Elizabeth Bowen, Tatler
Likely to rank as the author's best book
Saturday Review
She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality
Guardian
With unfailing du Maurier skill, the author has coupled family interest with dramatic sense
Elizabeth Bowen
This novel catches fire
New York Times
Like its heroine the book is possessed of such unforgettably vivid charm that one is seduced
L. S. Hilton
She wrote exciting plots, she was highly skilled at arousing suspense, and she was, too, a writer of fearless originality
Guardian
Daphne du Maurier has no equal
Sunday Telegraph