Early Christmas blockbusters
Rich pickings for September with some
major literary launches and some must-have Christmas treats
"I had to be talked into picking up
Rebecca's Story by Sally Beauman as it is a companion to Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier. I feel hugely protective towards favourite books and look
with suspicion on attempts to interfere with them. But this is wonderful: full
of the mystery, passion and 'Englishness' of Rebecca. Not constrained by
what happened next, it is more of a what happened before, during and after
novel. With the gorgeous cover, evocative writing, ready-made fan base and
Little, Brown's wholehearted commitment to the book, it will be a hit purchase
for women's read gift-hunters.
The Bookseller, 15.6.01
'Rebecca's Tale', Warner,
£6.99. 2nd May.
"Not a sequel but a companion to the Du Maurier,
20-years on. A compelling, captivating tale which I was initially sceptical
about, but have now completely changed my opinion of. It's wonderful.
Sarah Broadhurst,The Bookseller, 25.1.02.
Rebecca's Tale in paperback
published 2nd May 2002.
STOP PRESS: Rebecca's Tale has
entered this week's Booktrack Paperback bestsellers chart at No. 9.
Time Warner UK website information.
Sally Beauman's brilliant Rebecca's Tale is
being backed by unmissable colour advertising throughout the UK national press
this month, with ads having already appeared in the Daily Mail, and more to
come in the Times 'Play' secion (11/5), Sunday Times 'Culture' (12/5), Sunday
Telegraph (12/5), Mail on Sunday (12/5) and the Daily Telegraph (18/5) next
week. For more on this critically acclaimed and hugely popular bestseller visit
Audio Books News: Sally Beauman's Rebecca's
Tale (Chivers £19.50) is a spellbinding re-creation of Daphne du
Maurier's most famous heroine, irresistibly read by Robert Powell and Juliet
Stevenson. It could well keep you incommunicado for the best part of 24 hours.
Sue Gaisford, Independent on Sunday, 21.7.02.
Sally Beauman's Rebecca's Tale (Time
Warner) is one of the shortlisted books for WHS' £5000 Thumping Good
Read Award. Other shortlisted authors are: Ruth Rendell, Mark Billingham,
Harlan Coben, Martina Cole, Jane Green, Mo Hayder, Hector Macdonald, and Chris
Reprt in The Bookseller, 26.7.02.
19.11.02. Rebecca, the never featured
star of Daphne du Maurier's classic eponymous book and Alfred Hitchcock's film,
is finally ready for her close-up. Rebecca's Tale, Sally Beauman's
sequel to the classic thriller, is to be made into a four part TV drama.
Production and cast remain a mystery with a Scarlett O' Hara-like search to
find the leading lady under way. "The time scale is too complicated for a
film", Beauman tells me bafflingly.
From the Wicked Whispers section of
Daily Mail, 19.11.02.