The Apple Tree

The Apple Tree A Short Novel and Some Stories


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The Birds
The idea for this famous story came to her one day when she was walking across to Menabilly Barton farm from the house. She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field whilst above him the seagull s were diving and wheeling. She developed the idea about the birds becoming hostile and attacking him.
In her story, the birds become hostile after a harsh winter with little food, first the seagull s, then birds of prey and finally even small birds, all turn against mankind.
The nightmarish idea appealed to Hitchcock who turned it into the celebrated film. Daphne disliked the film and particularly disliked the translation of the setting from Cornwall, with its small fields and stone hedges, to small-town America.
Monte Verità

The Apple Tree

The Little Photographer

Kiss Me Again, Stranger

The Old Man

Book information

ISBN: 9780575075221
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Orion Books
DEWEY: 823.912
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 485g
Height: 222mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 22mm