JAMAICA INN by Daphne Du Maurier (1936)- read in December 2009


We all enjoyed reading this novel.
The book grips the reader from the opening chapter. On a winters night Mary Yelland travels by stage coach across the blea , hostile Bodmin Moor to live with her aunt and the frightening ,cruel drunkard, Joss Merlin at the isolated Jamaica Inn. The book is set in Victorian times which suits the dark, oppressive gothic style.

Slowly the story unfolds – deceit, murder, smuggling, mystery,romance all set against wind, rain, darkness and the secrets of the Moor. This is good story telling with an ever optimistic heroin captivating the reader.It was an excellent winter time read for our group.

Daphne du Maurier wrote this book early in her career and went on to be much acclaimed particularly for “Rebecca”. Many of her books are set in Cornwall where she lived for many years. The Du Maurier Festival is held annually at Fowey.