Sunday, 24 January 2016

rule britannia

On 28 May last year I finished Rule Britannia by Daphne du Maurier, which was okay.

Daphne du Maurier's canon is a lot weirder than people who only know her for Jamaica Inn and Rebecca ('romantic novelist') imagine, with a lot of what could broadly be called horror, science fiction or speculative fiction, especially in the short stories. Rule Britannia's set in Cornwall in the near future (from when the book was published, in 1972, her last novel), and is essentially the local experience - and thwarting - of a US takeover of the UK. It's an interesting story, with some interesting ideas, but doesn't work through the major idea thoroughly or convincingly, especially the resolution. But it's the kind of book I like. Her short stories are my favourite of hers I've read.