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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 his family’s fortune. Hewants 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 he doesn’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 tide comes in. It is impossible to stop them. Nat takes shelter in hishouse, 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 writer describes a dream he has had and reflects on the connection between dreams andreality.

About the authors
Frank Tilsley is a little known writer today. Born in 1904, he began writing when he was in his mid-twenties. He also worked as a broadcaster. His time in the Air Force during the Second World Wargave him new subject matter for his stories. The story in this collection is set in France after the Second World War and deals with the grey area where dreams meet reality. D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) was the first Britishnovelist and short story writer from a genuinely working class background. He grew up with a coal miner father and teacher mother, with whom he had an intense and painful relationship. Despite ill-health, he travelledwidely 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 ofsex. 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 [continua]

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