My Cousin Rachel
My Cousin Rachel is a novel by
British author Daphne du Maurier, published in 1951. Like the earlier
Rebecca, it is a mystery-romance, largely set on a large estate in Cornwall.
Ashley has been brought up by his cousin Ambrose, to whom he is devoted, on
Ambrose's Cornish estate. While travelling in Italy for his health, Ambrose
meets and falls in love with Rachel, another cousin who was the penniless
widow of an Italian count. Ambrose soon dies and Philip inherits the estate.
Rachel returns to England, and
Philip is subjected to contradictory forces: he falls in love with her, but
at the same time evidence grows that Ambrose died under suspicious
The book's title reflects
Philip's consistent references to Rachel as "my cousin Rachel" right up to
the moment he realizes he is in love with her.
A film of
My Cousin Rachel, starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland was
made in 1952, and a television adaptation, starring Christopher Guard and
Geraldine Chaplin, in 1983.
Derby Evening Telegraph review of My Cousin Rachel