Saturday, 28 January 2012

Daphne Du Maurier's Continuing Popularity

I just checked, on, the relative rankings of Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca' (1938) and Tony Bliar's 'A Journey' (2010) (apparently, part of the reason for his very sudden multi-million pound empire):

Rebecca: 498th in all books.

A Journey: 3,398th in all books (hardback and over 9,000th place in paperback).

Interesting, from any number of points of view and it certainly goes to show that writing a dark and sinister novelette, set in Cornwall, is the way to go.


  1. Indeed, I'll start: Clara picked up the letter knife, turned around to look at her husband, her gaze settling on his neck and thought; perhaps today.

    Can you write the other 89,000 words?

  2. Tabitha - a letter knife would make a shocking mess, you know, as it it is fairly blunt but there would be lots of debris to describe, which might be fun. Having some neighbours for lunch again today (obviously, they are different ones from last time).