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Univ Virtual Book Club 2

Univ Virtual Book Club: RebeccaThursday, 17 December 2020, 7pm (GMT)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, facilitated by Dr Laura Varnam, Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature

We are pleased to invite you to the second meeting of the Univ Virtual Book Club for Old Members and friends of University College. One of the College’s Fellows will propose an insightful read designed to encourage an exciting discussion. Members will have time to delve into the book before convening virtually for a roundtable discussion, facilitated by the same Fellow.

For the second edition of the book club, Dr Laura Varnam will facilitate the discussion about the novel Rebecca. First published in 1938, du Maurier’s Rebecca has never been out of print. It has also been adapted for film and theatre several times, including an Academy Award-winning adaptation in 1940, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and a new version recently released on Netflix.

The book club will be an opportunity to discuss why Rebecca is such a haunting and successful novel and to think about why it still appeals to a twenty-first century audience. Laura is currently writing a book on du Maurier and her focus includes the impact of Rebecca on the author’s literary reputation and why readers are continually compelled to return to Manderley.

The book is available as a paperback from Blackwell’s or Waterstones, or as an e-book and audiobook from Amazon. Watching the film adaptations is not necessary, although it might bring additional insights to the discussion.


Please click here to register for the virtual discussion on the evening of Thursday, 17 December 2020. As we would like to encourage interactivity, this event is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Univ Virtual Book Club.

Dr Laura Varnam is the Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature at Univ. Her research focuses on fourteenth and fifteenth-century religious literature. Her first book, The Church as Sacred Space in Middle English Literature and Culture, was published by Manchester University Press in January 2018. Dr Varnam is also an expert on the life and works of Daphne du Maurier. She is currently writing a book on du Maurier. Since 2010, she has presented at the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature (formerly the Du Maurier Festival), through lectures, reading groups and panel discussions. She was a key contributor to the 2017 Arte documentary Daphne du Maurier: Sur les traces de Rebecca (In the footsteps of Rebecca).

Read more about Dr Laura Varnam here.

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