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The Old Man - short story
I am trying to locate the book (of short stories presumably) which contains the above story.
Fri 11/05/18 12:29 PM


The Old Man was originally published in Daphne's short story collection The Apple Tree, which was published in 1952. It was also included in the Treasury of du Maurier Short Stories (1960) and Echoes From the Macabre (1976). It is currently available in the UK in the Virago paperback entitled The Birds and Other Stories.

Posted on Fri 11/05/18 12:42 PM


For years, The Old Man was my favourite short story. The ending is like the completion of a jigsaw puzzle; everything suddenly 'clicks into place'. Now I have a new favourite. It's called 'Escort', and I've read it recently in a book called Rendezvous and Other Stories I ordered the book from our local Library's back stock as I'd seen something on the du Maurier website that needed checking out. Trouble is I can't now remember why! Perhaps management can help me! Escort is a marvellous ghost story, full of atmosphere and evocative detail, and I really recommend it!

Posted on Tue 04/12/18 07:56 AM


Just wanted to say, yesterday I read The Old Man and I really enjoyed it. It is such a brilliant, suspenseful and clever story. I would encourage anyone to read it and I got my copy {virago] from Bookends.

Posted on Fri 27/09/19 04:18 PM


The Old man is one of my favourite short stories, how Daphne keeps the "secret" right up till the last page is very clever.

Posted on Sat 28/09/19 10:32 PM

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