Rebecca's Tale

Rebecca s Tale April It has been twenty years since the death of Rebecca the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter and twenty years since Manderley the de Winter family s estate was destroyed b

  • Title: Rebecca's Tale
  • Author: Sally Beauman
  • ISBN: 0060988819
  • Page: 325
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  • April 1951 It has been twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter, and twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter family s estate, was destroyed by fire But Rebecca s tale is just beginning Colonel Julyan, an old family friend, receives an anonymous package concerning Rebecca An inquisitive young scholar named Te April 1951 It has been twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter, and twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter family s estate, was destroyed by fire But Rebecca s tale is just beginning Colonel Julyan, an old family friend, receives an anonymous package concerning Rebecca An inquisitive young scholar named Terence Gray appears and stirs up the quiet seaside hamlet with questions about the past and the close ties he soon forges with the Colonel and his eligible daughter, Ellie Amid bitter gossip and murky intrigue, the trio begins a search for the real Rebecca and the truth behind her mysterious death.

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  • Sally Beauman

    aka Vanessa JamesSally Kinsey Miles graduated from Girton College, Cambridge MA in English Literature She married Christopher Beauman an economist After graduating, she moved with her husband to the USA, where she lived for three years, first in Washington DC, then New York, and travelled extensively She began her career as a journalist in America, joining the staff of the newly launched New York magazine, of which she became associate editor, and continued to write for it after her return to England Interviewed Alan Howard for the Telegraph Magazine in 1970 in an article called A Fellow of Most Excellent Fancy Daily Telegraph Supplement, May 29th Apparently a very long interview The following year they met again, and the rest is history After a long partnership Sally and Alan married in 2004 She has one son, James, and one grandchild.Sally had a distinguished career as a journalist and critic, winning the Catherine Pakenham Award for her writing, and becoming the youngest ever editor of Queen magazine now Harper s Queen She has contributed to many leading newspapers and magazines in both the UK and the USA, including the Daily Telegraph from 1970 73 and 1976 8 she was Arts Editor of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine , the Sunday Times, Observer, Vogue, the New York Times and the New Yorker She also wrote nine Mills Boon romances under the pseudonym Vanessa James, before publishing her block buster novel Destiny in 1987 under her real name It was her article about Daphne du Maurier, commissioned by Tina Brown, and published in The New Yorker in November 1993, which first gave her the idea for writing Rebecca de Winter s version of events at Manderley an idea that subsequently became the novel, Rebecca s Tale In 2000 she was one of the Whitbread Prize judges for the best novel category.


  • Stupid Me!!!Fancy believing in a sequel when the author provided none and never intended one. Anyway, why would you want to know more about the De Winters?ey found true love, laid a very nasty ghost and swanned around the continent hereafter. A Very Happy Ending methinks??Oh no!!! Not for Sally.Daphne du Maurier was safely dead before Sally started meddling with her masterpiece. Sally won't have it, won't believe a thing Daphne has written. Rebecca was REALLLLLY nice!! (REALLY??????????????????? [...]

  • I was surprised by how hostile most of the reviews were of this book. I thought it was really good, and much better than just a "what happened after the book ended" kind of a book. I've read the novel by Du Maurier but I really love the Hitchcock film and have seen it so many times i've pretty well memorized it. I thought Sally Beauman did a very good job of capturing the nuances of how everyone thought and spoke and looked, and of taking those mannerisms and putting them into new scenes without [...]

  • I'd really like to give it 1.5 stars, but it gets 2 simply because it started out with alot of promise. However, by the end it became a politically correct, feminist scree from Beauman that made no sense in the context of the time period which the book took place.Simply one of those books where the writer should have quit while they were ahead.

  • Fake sequels (those written by someone other than the author) are pretty bad in the first place, but this one goes over the top. If you're going to write a fake sequel, you can't claim that what the original author wrote wasn't the truth. (i.e. oh, actually, Rebecca never had an affair with her cousin; that was just ugly gossip.)Clearly Beaumont knows REBECCA very well, but has always sympathized more with Rebecca than with the narrator, and felt the need to redeem her somehow. The description a [...]

  • La colpa è anche un po' mia: appena vedo qualcosa che ha minimamente a che fare con Rebecca o con la Du Maurier non posso resistere.Il romanzo sarebbe anche ben scritto, ma per me nulla può competere.Nulla si può aggiungere.Non toccatemi Rebecca!

  • While I don't think that Rebecca's Tale is quite the great classic that its literary source is, I enjoyed it very much on a second reading, possibly more than the first time. It's certainly a page turner in the way Rebecca is, and it's also just as full of unreliable narrators interpreting stories, at second hand, that were unreliable start with! Having read it I still don't know if Rebecca was a Jezebel or a woman multiply wronged although it does seem to me that she might have been a combinati [...]

  • The daughter of a minor character from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca joins forces with a journalist (with a hidden motive) to discover The Truth behind the mysterious Rebecca. Now, I’m not averse to “continuations” of novels, but this book commits the literary sacrilege of altering the essential nature of the characters in du Maurier’s story. And as if that’s not bad enough, we’re asked to believe that a woman is going to be delighted when the man she’s in love with confesses he’ [...]

  • I'd forgotten to rate this back in the day. I've read it three times, and m still amazed at the originality and plausibility of the different viewpoints.Somewhere between the second and third read, I returned to the original Rebecca, which made the third read of this book positively sparkle with clarity.I won't spoil anything because any discussion of the plot would reveal what this little volume is all about, and it is far better to come into it with an open mind. But trust me--there are plot t [...]

  • More like 2.5, but rounded up; I'm feeling generous today. I love the premise, & the writing was good -- I'm certainly willing to try Beauman's fiction again. But overall, meh. For one thing, it's way too long -- there's a high ratio of nothing happening compared to the page count. The other problem is that Gray & Ellie's sections (roughly half said page count) are boring as sin. Their narratives simply screamed "overwritten lit-fic" & brought very little to the Rebecca story. If the [...]

  • Books that our take-offs from other author's works are not my favorite. Still my book cub selected this so I read this account of Rebecca, of the Daphne DuMaurier book of the same name. The premise is that a man, Terence Grey, shows up in the village around Manderley twenty years after Rebecca's death asking questions about her. The story is told in sections by Colonel Julyan, the magistrate at the time of her death, Terence Grey, a long section from Rebecca's journals and Ellie, Julyan's daught [...]

  • Terrible. Someone please remind me to stop reading fan-fiction of classics. :( It kills me to even have to give it 1 star.

  • As a longtime fan of Hitchcock's Rebecca, I enjoyed the story that inspired it written by Daphne Dumaurier. I was overjoyed to read this book and learn more about the backstory of Rebecca's characters. I have been reading a lot of undue criticism from other readers who are intolerant of the author's tendency to take creative license in her efforts to fluff out the story. I welcomed the different points of view that the story used to tell the tale because we gained valuable perspective from each [...]

  • Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman is set 20 years after Rebecca's death and the burning of Manderley. It follows the search of Terence Gray for the real Rebecca and the answer to what really happened to her. There is also the small matter of packages with reminders of Rebecca which have been mailed to the family's friend Colonel Julyan and her cousin Jack Favell. Notebooks and mementos that stir up memories.I have mixed feelings about this book. Standing on its own merits, it is a terrific investi [...]

  • Sally Beauman, in "Rebecca's Tale", cleverly explores many of the themes in Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”, including jealousy, powerful man/powerless woman, as well as identity, obsession, the relationship between past & present, & exploration of mothers and fathers – both good and bad – and how we might see someone as a Good Mother or Bad Father but have that view change if we look at it through a different lens. Beauman introduces gay & lesbian characters (only hinted at [...]

  • Audiobook. This review is totally based upon the fact that Sally Beauman took a wonderful story, the original Rebecca and turned it all around so it's almost unrecognizable. Rebecca is a sympathetic, misunderstood character that really hadn't been maneuvering people's lives for her own enjoyment and their pain. Max is a character who just doesn't understand Rebecca and is portrayed as a villain who ultimately committed suicide by car because he couldn't live without Rebecca. The 2nd Mrs. DeWinte [...]

  • The book was like many other sequels or prequels that want to change the nature of the main character to fit the storyline of the author. So it is with Sally Beauman, who like others that have written about Rebecca try to change her into a good person that we should admire instead of the cruel, manpipulative woman of DuMaurier's novel. And of course because this is a modern novel, although set in the 1950's, it is a feminist apology peice with its obligatory insinuations of incest, rape, homosex [...]

  • I’ve recently read the three novels that are continuations or, or inspired by, Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’. Of the three – ‘The Other Rebecca’ by Maureen Freely, ‘Mrs De Winter’ by Susan Hill and ‘Rebecca’s Tale’ by Sally Beaumann, the first prize must go to Beaumann. She keeps the voice of the original well, in terms of time and place, but the first narrator, in a novel of four parts, is the aged Colonel Julyan, who presided over Rebecca’s inquest. He’s always had [...]

  • Why oh why do so many reviewers say that if you liked the original Rebecca, you'll like or be interested in this? What an absolute joke. This is nothing like the original. As far as I can see, it reads more like an author who couldn't come up with her own damn story and had to ruin someone else's than any sort of "satisfying" follow up to a beloved classic. I rarely find books that I can truly say that I actually hate, but this is one of the few. Most of the time I just don't enjoy it, put it do [...]

  • Rebecca was a wonderfully, haunting gothic tale. Rebecca's tale is not. It's not even a decent detective story. Rebecca is a vivid character, a character that colours the lives of everyone in the original work, you are left to wonder at her. She is accomplished, beautiful and everyone desires her, yet It is made clear in the original story that she is manipulative, a liar and she had numerous affairs (confirmed by Flavell and Danvers).However, Miss Beauman decides that clearly Rebecca is a moder [...]

  • Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again… Rebecca’s Tale is an unauthorised sequel of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic mystery. The year is 1951 and Colonel Arthur Julyan, long-time friend of the De Winter family, is still haunted by the circumstances of her death. With the help of his daughter, Ellie, and mysterious newcomer, Terance Grey, he determines to uncover the mysteries surrounding Rebecca’s death and her life before Manderlay.The novel is told from multiple points of vie [...]

  • Rilettura.Rilettura. Dopo la rilettura di Rebecca e la lettura di Mrs de Winter eccomi a rileggere questo libro di Sally Beauman (scrittrice dalla qualità molto altalenante, ma devo dire che questo romanzo nello specifico rientra nella sua produzione buona, anche se non ottimo). Premesso che i seguiti sono sempre molto difficili, sia da scrivere che da leggere, secondo me questa autrice è riuscita nel suo intento a differenza di Susan Hill.Il segreto di Rebecca non è un romanzo di particolare [...]

  • Colonel Julyan is one of the few people alive who actually knew the real Rebecca. When he receives an anonymous package concerning Rebecca, the famed Mrs De Winter, he decides once and for all to investigate and set straight the mystery surrounding Rebecca and her death.I am such a fan of the original story and I've got to say that Sally Beauman tells an excellent story here. She sets the tone of the story in her own style and it is one which compliments Du Maurier's tone. I loved this book and [...]

  • This is the book that introduced me to Rebecca du Maurier. Dark and haunted in a manner not unlike Wuthering Heights, it is immensely readable. Wonderful for a dark winter's night when a storm is raging and the sea is rising up.

  • I seldom like a sequel to a story that is written by someone other than the original author, but this is an exception. For anyone who loved Rebecca, this is the book that will put her in a context different from any you might have imagined.

  • The theme of Rebecca's Tale is recovering from lost love, both departed and unrequited. It's a great theme.Sally Beauman tells the story of Rebecca's life through two characters who are researching her history: Tom Gray, a Scottish scholar with hidden obsessions and a hidden life, and Ellie Julian, the daughter of Colonel Julyan, and a significant minor character in the first book.It sounds like a great setup: use uncovering Rebecca's past to throw an ongoing love-story into relief, ensure the m [...]

  • I mean I understand Beauman's impulse. Rebecca's narrator IS undoubtedly unreliable, and you do get the idea that there might be more to Rebecca than Maxim's version of her. We leave du Maurier's novel with many unanswered questions, including psychoanalytical ones about Maxim (superego? His NAME means "rule"), the narrator (identity only through her husband? accomplice or heroine?), and our own loyalties (should I be rooting for the side I chose?). Such ambiguities are what elevate Rebecca abov [...]

  • Reading Wide Sargasso Sea reminded me that years ago I'd bought a copy of Beauman's novel — which in effect gives the other side of the story about Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. Although chastened by the Rhys book, I plunged in anyway.The novel has four narrators: Colonel Julyan, who was Maxim de Winter's old pal and who was keen not to raise too many questions about Rebecca's death; a young scholar who's come to snoop around Manderley for reasons of his own; Rebecca herself in a discovered dia [...]

  • I wish they had half-stars! I'd give this one a 3.5 to 4. If you liked/loved "Rebecca," you will probably like this one as well. "Rebecca's Tale" is set 20 years after "Rebecca" ends. This story is told through the eyes of Colonel Julyan (a character from the original), a friend of the de Winters and an admirer of Rebecca; Terence Gray, a scholar interested in the mystery of Rebecca's death; Ellie, the daughter of Colonel Julyan; and Rebecca herself. Some of the characters from "Rebecca" make an [...]

  • I beg all readers, please don't compare this to the Du Maurier's classic 'Rebecca'. While Maurier was a storyteller(and a great one at that), Beauman is a perfect prose writer. Her descriptions of Manderley cross the precincts of the Manderley mansion and flow bountifully across the beaches and the sea. The book has been divided into different parts, each narrated by a different character. Max and the second lady of Manderley have been cast aside as the narration flows from the memories, diaries [...]

  • This book is a companion to the classic novel Rebecca, written by Daphne Du Maurier in 1938. I loved Rebecca when I read it about 6 or 7 years ago. When I first saw this book, I was intrigued. But then I was hesitent because the Du Maurier novel was so well written and is such a classic, I wasn't sure if the Beauman novel would be as well written & if the story & characters would seamlessly work.So, I went with my gut instinct and I wasn't disappointed. This book is very well written and [...]

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