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The Dream and Other Stories
Daphne du Maurier and Others Hilary’s Aunt
Hilary is a young man who has spent all hisfamily’s fortune. He wants to inherit his aunt’s money. She’s dying of a painful disease. He decides to give her double the amount of medicine to kill her before she can change her will. What hedoesn’t know is that as she hasn’t changed it, all her money will go to Chinese people.

The Birds
There’s a bird invasion all over the country. For some unknown reason, the birds attack when the tidecomes in. It is impossible to stop them. Nat takes shelter in his house, and he and his family survive for two days, but he doesn’t know how long he can fight the birds.

Summary
The Dream
The writerdescribes a dream he has had and reflects on the connection between dreams and reality.

About the authors
Frank Tilsley is a little known writer today. Born in 1904, he began writing when he wasin his mid-twenties. He also worked as a broadcaster. His time in the Air Force during the Second World War gave him new subject matter for his stories. The story in this collection is set in Franceafter the Second World War and deals with the grey area where dreams meet reality. D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) was the first British novelist and short story writer from a genuinely working classbackground. He grew up with a coal miner father and teacher mother, with whom he had an intense and painful relationship. Despite ill-health, he travelled widely and wrote continuously during his life –novels, stories, essays, travel diaries. He wrote with a direct and fresh style about human relationships, and was often in trouble with the law for his graphic descriptions of sex. John Collier(1901–80) spent his early life as a poetry editor in England. He wrote many short stories about dark, frightening events and the supernatural. His most famous novel, His Monkey Wife (1930), is a strange... [continua]

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