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Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Daphne du Maurier's classic tale of horror. The idea for this famous story came to du Maurier one day when she was walking across to a farm from her house. She saw a farmer busily ploughing a field while above him the seagulls were diving and wheeling. She developed an 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 seagulls, then birds of prey, and finally even small birds all turn against mankind. The nightmarish vision appealed to Alfred Hitchcock, who turned it into the celebrated film. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 5/7/2011

    " I find this one the strangest of all her stories. I much prefer "Rebecca". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 4/12/2011

    " I love Daphne DuMaurier's books. This book of stories is great if you like mysteries,it's a mix of everything in here. some of the stories are creepy and strange, don't read it at night when you are alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/12/2011

    " Of course the title story is one of the best things ever written. But the other items are quite intriguing as well, including "Split Second." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/25/2011

    " This is a really creepy story and the movie with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland is great, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 2/12/2011

    " I usually have a hard time with short stories, but enjoyed this for the most part. I picked it up for THE BIRDS and was happy to discover stories that I enjoyed even more, including the story from which the title is derived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/5/2010

    " I'm not big on short stories, but this is a keeper! Pulling it out is like meeting up with an old friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/1/2010

    " My favorite story was, 'Don't Look Now,' but 'The Breakthrough' and 'Not After Midnight' were also entertaining with the latter being the best of the two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/16/2010

    " cynical, tightly plotted gems, two of which were turned into classic films--the birds and the titular don't look now. well i don't know if the latter is considered a classic. most hew toward paranormal realms. fun, page-turning stories. very 50s british in tone. "

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About the Author
Author Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907–1989) has been called one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Among her more famous works are The Scapegoat, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and the short story "The Birds," all of which were subsequently made into films—the latter three directed by Alfred Hitchcock.