A brilliant piece of historical fiction. A tale of overweening ambition set during the Napoleonic Wars and based on du Maurier's own great-great-grandmother.
'Like its heroine the book is possessed of such unforgettably vivid charm that one is seduced' L. S. Hilton, author of Maestra
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, that before long she comes to the notice of 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.
With unfailing du Maurier skill, the author has coupled family interest with dramatic sense - Elizabeth Bowen, Tatler
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 (1907-89) was born in London, educated at home and in Paris, and lived for much of her life in her beloved Cornwall, the setting for many of her novels. Most of her novels have been bestsellers and many have been made into films. She is considered one of the most accomplished novelists of the twentieth century.