Re­becca by Daphne du Mau­rier, 1938

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We asked Su­sanna Win­ters which book she wishes she’d bought at auc­tion, money no ob­ject. She chose a first edi­tion of Daphne du Mau­rier’s best- sell­ing fifth novel, Re­becca, ‘a study in jeal­ousy’ ac­cord­ing to the au­thor, which sold for £1,400 at the auc­tion house last July (est £800–£1,200). ‘I was en­thralled by this book from the first time I read it as a teenager, with its bril­liant open­ing line, “Last night I dreamt I went to Man­der­ley again”,’ says Su­sanna. ‘It was my mother’s favourite, too, and this year, when hol­i­day­ing in Corn­wall, we walked in Du Mau­rier’s foot­steps at Pol­rid­mouth Cove below Men­abilly, where she lived for many years, and which is be­lieved to be the in­spi­ra­tion for the beach that fea­tures in Re­becca. The book is a clas­sic which most likely will con­tinue to ap­pre­ci­ate in value.’ The ini­tial print run was 20,000 but within a month Re­becca had sold twice that num­ber. It re­mains her best-loved book.

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