The House on the Strand by Daphne Du MaurierThe House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier

The House on the Strand

byDaphne Du Maurier

Paperback | February 16, 2000

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In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present.
Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical researcher, asks his friend Richard Young and Young's family to stay at Kilmarth, an ancient house set in the wilds near the Cornish coast. Here, Richard drinks a potion created by Magnus and finds himself at the same spot where he was moments earlier--though it is now the fourteenth century. The effects of the drink wear off after several hours, but it is wildly addictive, and Richard cannot resist traveling back and forth in time. Gradually growing more involved in the lives of the early Cornish manor lords and their ladies, he finds the presence of his wife and stepsons a hindrance to his new-found experience. Richard eventually finds emotional refuge with a beautiful woman of the past trapped in a loveless marriage, but when he attempts to intervene on her behalf the results are brutally terrifying for the present.
Echoing the great fantastic stories of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, The House on the Strand is a masterful yarn of history, romance, horror, and suspense that will grip the reader until the last surprising twist.
Born in London, the daughter of an actor, Gerald Du Maurier, and granddaughter of the novelist Goerge Du Maurier, Daphne Du Maurier was educated in Paris. Of her early life she wrote, "The Du Maurier family, like every other family in England, lived without fear of the future, happy in the security they believed to be enduring." In 193...
Title:The House on the StrandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.3 × 5.38 × 0.8 inPublished:February 16, 2000Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0812217268

ISBN - 13:9780812217261


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular A fabulous plot which is only surpassed by its stunning prose and endearing characters.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This is the first novel I read by her years ago and got me started on Dumaurier as an author and I never turned back. This is a fabulous story and well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. The ability to move into different times is fascinating.
Date published: 2006-02-22

From Our Editors

With a plot including time travel and magical elixirs, H.P. Lovecraft or Edgar Allan Poe could be the authors of this innovative and haunting tale, which is the work of Daphne Du Maurier. The House of the Strand details the discovery of a secret experimental potion that allows the drinker to step back to the 14th century. With the drawbacks of being voraciously addictive and temporary, Richard Young soon gains an attachment to the past to the detriment of his family and career.

Editorial Reviews

""The House on the Strand" is prime du Maurier. . . . She holds her characters close to reality; the past she creates is valid, and her skill in finessing the time shifts is enough to make one want to try a little of the brew himself."--"New York Times"