The CBG is gearing up to discuss John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure in just over a week's time, but for our May book I've gone back to the master list of suggested titles and chosen Daphne du Maurier's 1951 novel My Cousin Rachel.
This may well be a book you've read before, perhaps a long time ago, but it's bound to be new to many of us, and should, I hope, be an excellent read. Here's the blurb:
"Orphaned 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 come to love his grand house as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two have constructed is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly.
In almost no time at all, the new widow - Philip's cousin Rachel - turns up in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to the flame. And yet ... might she have had a hand in Ambrose's death?"
Sally Beauman says in her introduction that this was the last of Daphne du Maurier's great bestsellers, a book in which she used the full battery of her skills ..."The result is dazzling".
My Cousin Rachel should be easily obtainable through retailers and libraries wherever you are, but in case of difficulty, The Book Depository will supply it with free delivery worldwide. Let's talk about from Saturday 22nd. May onwards, and please do join us if you haven't done so before and would like to take part - we are a friendly bunch!