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A young woman dreams of a grand old house. Rediscovered stories by a young Daphne du Maurier reveal themes explored in her later novels. Read by Hattie Morahan.

The Happy Valley by Daphne du Maurier tells the story of a young woman who dreams of an eerie wilderness and a grand old house, and echoes her most famous book, Rebecca. In the story, the young woman starts a romantic relationship with a man and finds herself walking into the real landscape she has dreamed of...

The Happy Valley is selected from The Doll: Short Stories, the newly published collection by Daphne du Maurier. This includes several pieces recently rediscovered by an enthusastic devotee of the famous writer. The Happy Valley was originally printed in the Illustrated London News in 1932 but hasn't been published in a collection until now. Written early in her career these stories reveal the dark themes explored in the novels that made her name.

Reader: Hattie Morahan
Abridger: Richard Hamilton
Producer: Lucy Collingwood.

15 minutes

Last on

Thu 7 May 2015 21:00

Broadcasts

  • Thu 5 May 2011 15:30
  • Wed 9 Oct 2013 11:00
  • Wed 9 Oct 2013 21:00
  • Thu 10 Oct 2013 04:00
  • Thu 7 May 2015 11:00
  • Thu 7 May 2015 21:00