The Birds and Other Stories – Daphne du Maurier, reprinted 1963

This article in the Guardian made me think it might be time to revisit Daphne du Maurier‘s The Birds and Don’t Look Now. Both novels have also been turned into films,the former by Hitchcock and the latter by Nicolas Roeg. Unusually, both films more than hold their own against the original novels.

While an old Penguin copy of Don’t Look Now has continued to evade me, I do have this 1963 edition of The Birds and Other Stories. The illustrator of this wonderful cover is Virgil Burnett and the eagle head is made up of flocks of tiny little birds. I was rather amused to learn that Burnett has even been awarded beard of the week!


Daphne du Maurier’s best known novel Rebecca was actually Hitchcock’s first Hollywoodmotion picture.

I recall reading somewhere that Daphne du Maurier has had more adaptions of her work than any other novelist. I have no idea where I read this or if it’s true – if anyone knows, please let me know.

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