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After the untimely death of her mother, Mary Yellan travels across the untamed and desolate Cornish moors in search of her only living relative. A resolute and inspirational heroine, 23-year-old Mary finds her aunt, Patience Merlyn, in a desolate and irksome Inn on Bodmin Moor. Realising that the stark and forbidding Jamaica Inn is tainted with corruption, Mary is resolved to help her aunt survive and escape from the clutches of her abusive husband, Joss Merlyn, and the ominous and illicit trade that he conducts there.
First published in 1936, Jamaica Inn came at a time when most authors focussed their attention on issues of poverty, psychology, fascism and religion, following the devastating impact of the First World War and the Spanish Civil War. Having always been captivated by 19th century literature, Daphne du Maurier differed from her contemporaries and ignored modern trends. She set out to write captivating stories that stimulated the imagination and unsurprisingly, Jamaica Inn went on to become one of her most celebrated works. A tale of intrigue, suspense and evil, Jamaica Inn is an exciting adventure for listeners of all ages and a true testament to the enviable skill which Daphne du Maurier possessed as a storyteller.
Celebrated English actor, Tony Britton, has delighted audiences since the 1950’s. Having performed at the likes of the Bristol Old Vic and London’s Winter Garden Theatre, Tony has taken on iconic roles in plays including, The Seagull, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and My Fair Lady. Whilst being a renaissance man of the theatre, Tony has also pursued film and TV roles and can be seen in blockbusters such as The Birthday Present, Suspect, Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Day of the Jackal. His TV credits include Robin’s Nest and Don’t Wait Up.
Tony adds Jamaica Inn to his list of audiobook narrations which also include, Robinson Crusoe, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Hay Fever and Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite. He has three children who have all followed in his footsteps and work in the entertainment industry; among them is TV and Radio presenter, Fern Britton.