Rarely have the agonies of youth been so well captured as in Daphne du Maurier’s study of a young man’s restless search for identity – a search which takes him from the wastes of Scandinavia to the boulevards of Paris in the thirties. (Backcover text)
Daphne du Maurier (1907 London – 1989 Cornwall) was an English author and playwright. Although she is classed as a romantic novelist, her stories seldom feature a conventional happy ending, and have been described as "moody and resonant" with overtones of the paranormal. These bestselling works were not at first taken seriously by critics, but have since earned an enduring reputation for storytelling craft. Many have been successfully adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, and Jamaica Inn and the short stories The Birds and Don’t Look Now/Not After Midnight.
Daphne du Maurier, Wikipedia (en)