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The Doll: Short Stories - Daphne du Maurier, Polly Samson BBC BLURBS 1 - In East Wind the lives of a young couple are altered irrevocably when a group of beguiling strangers are shipwrecked off the shores of the Scilly Isles. Excitingly, East Wind is one of several recently rediscovered stories by Daphne du Maurier, and published in her new anthology, The Doll: Short Stories. East Wind was written when she was just nineteen, until now it has only ever been published in the United States and was found in her 1926 notebooks in the archives at Exeter University. Most of the other stories included in the collection have never been published or have been out of print for decades. Written early on in du Maurier's writing career they reveal the dark themes explored in the novels that made her name.Reader: Anna Madeley Abridger: Richard Hamilton Producer: Elizabeth Allard.2 - The Doll is a macabre and unsettling tale about a young man besotted by a young violinist, who in turn has a strange and haunting passion. The Doll is the title story of a newly published collection by Daphne du Maurier, and excitingly, is one of several recently re-discovered short fictions by the famous writer that have either never been published or have been out of print for decades. Written in the late 1920s when du Maurier herself was just twenty, The Doll reveals some of the dark themes that she explores in the novels that made her name.Reader: Ed Stoppard and Sean Baker Abridger: Richard Hamilton Producer: Elizabeth Allard.3 - 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.We were treated to a peek of three stories from the collection of newly found early du Maurier short stories. It is easy to see the roots of the unsettling fiction that D du M was going to write later and Happy Valley is an early whimsy that would flower into Rebecca. Glad I didn't shell out the dosh.