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Lots of people have written lots of things about writing, some of them supremely helpful, others less so: How to get an agent; How to get a book deal; How to promote your self-published pseudo-erotica; How to make your writing pay (it was a recent shocking revelation that the average writer earns around £4 per year). Etc. Etc. But for those of you interested in the machinations of the publishing industry, here is a verbatim transcript of a conversation I overheard recently:
by DAPHNE DU MAURIER
Reviewed by Sophia Tobin
I can't remember how old I was when I read Rebecca: I can only remember the effect it had on me: producing goose pimples of fear and the kind of emotional jolt which makes you feel as though you've been punched in the stomach. A murder mystery, it combines the elements of a thriller with a twisted love story in a supernaturally-charged atmosphere.
The narrator is a young, naïve girl who marries Maxim de Winter, a handsome but inscrutable widower, after a brief courtship. Maxim takes his new wife home to Manderley, his beautiful estate in Cornwall, which sits near the cove where his first wife, Rebecca, drowned. The new Mrs de Winter soon discovers that Rebecca's presence still seems to fill the rooms of the mansion; she is surrounded by her predecessor's belongings, and haunted by stories of her legendary beauty and perfection as a hostess.
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TOM ROB SMITH
Why do people lie? Let’s start with you. When’s the last time you told a lie? And I don’t mean a big one. I mean a little one, say to protect a friend’s feelings, or to spare yourself embarrassment. I consider myself an honest person, but I occasionally lie. My daughter believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. While I didn’t tell those lies precisely, I have played along. Even today, I woke up thinking of a palatable lie I might tell a friend to avoid spending time with him and his new girlfriend out of loyalty to his ex-wife who is also my friend. There are a hundred things that I don’t say, or gloss over to keep the peace in relationships. Is keeping silent the same as lying? When it comes to lying, I have a lot of questions.
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