All about Re­becca

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❍ Although the set­ting is, un­mis­take­ably, the Men­abilly es­tate near Fowey, Corn­wall isn’t men­tioned in the novel

❍ Man­der­ley it­self is mod­elled on Mil­ton Hall, near Cam­bridge, which the author had vis­ited as a child

❍ A for­bid­ding house­keeper at Mil­ton pro­vided the in­spi­ra­tion for Mrs Dan­vers

❍ Maxim was called Henry in the first draft, but du Mau­rier changed it as it ‘sounded dull’

❍ Agatha Christie was among the fans who wrote to the author ask­ing why the nar­ra­tor had no name

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