Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek was first published in 1941.
Set in Cornwall during the reign of Charles II, Frenchman’s Creek tells the story of a love affair between Dona, an English courtier, and Jean-Benoit Aubéry, a French Pirate.
The Restoration Court knows Lady Dona St Columb to be ripe for any folly, any outrage that will alter the tedium of her days. However, there is another, secret Dona who longs for freedom, honest love – and sweetness, even if it is spiced with danger. To escape the shallowness of court life, Dona retreats to Navron, her husband’s remote Cornish estate. There, she seeks peace in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. But she finds instead a daring pirate, hunted by all Cornwall, a Frenchman who, like Dona, would gamble his life for a moment’s joy. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.
‘A tale of danger, passion and mystery, and a compulsive slice of period drama.’ – Good Book Guide
‘A heroine who is bound to make thousands of friends.’ – Sunday Times
The novel has been adapted to film twice, once in 1944 and again in 1998.