Friday, March 10, 2023

Rule Britannia by Daphne du Maurier -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Well, this post is certainly late! I had hip replacement surgery last week and thought I had prescheduled a post for this week, but apparently I forgot. Now I really feel like an old lady! Senility and an arthritic hip! 

Thank you for waiting for me for this week's Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please join me to share the opening sentence (or so) from the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.

Emma awoke to the sound of planes passing overhead, but she was not fully conscious, and the sound merged with her dream.
-- from Rule Britannia by Daphne du Maurier. I'm reading this as a buddy read on Instagram. A small group of us have been reading one du Maurier book a month since last November and this is our sixth. 

Rule Britannia is du Maurier's last novel, published in 1972. It's a wild romp through alternate history, but with an eerily prescient edge. It's set in the 1970s, shortly after the UK withdrew from Europe, which caused economic difficulties. What is billed as a stronger alliance with the United States is quickly revealed to be a takeover of Britain by its former colony. What a page turner!


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From Rule Britannia:
But one can't exactly treat it as phony while the marines occupy the stable-block, there are barricades on the main road and the telephone is cut. The thing you can do is to sit glued to the television and hope something will happen in between the succession of old American and British films.

I'm racing through to the end because this is such a ripping yarn, and I do love a good yarn. 



  1. That's definitely an interesting premise. Hope you find all of it good.

  2. Wow, this does seem like it would be a page-turner. I like the quotes too. Enjoy your current read!

  3. Du Maurier is a favorite of mine, but I admit I've not read this one!

  4. Hope you recover quickly, Gilion! I think having a general anaesthetic entitles you to a lapse of memory - not to mention having your hip replaced!

    1. Thanks Carol! Definite brain fog I wasn't expecting!

  5. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery! Happy weekend!


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