The Birds and Other Stories
The 1952 first UK edition under its original title, The Apple Tree
AuthorDaphne du Maurier
Original titleThe Apple Tree
Cover artistVal Biro
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication date
Media typeHardback

The Birds and Other Stories is a collection of stories by the British author Daphne du Maurier. It was originally published by Gollancz in the United Kingdom in 1952 as The Apple Tree: A Short Novel and Several Long Stories,[2] and was re-issued by Penguin in 1963 under the current title.[1] In the United States an expanded version was published in 1953 under the title Kiss Me Again, Stranger: A Collection of Eight Stories, Long and Short by Doubleday[3] including two additional stories, "The Split Second" and "No Motive".

One of the stories, "The Birds", was made into a film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock in 1963.


As first published under the title The Apple Tree in 1952:[2]


Reviewing the American edition in the May 1953 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Boucher and McComas noted that while nearly half the work fell into the fantasy genre, some bordering on science fiction, the stories were "largely overlong and not too original."[4]



  1. ^ a b c d "British Library Item details". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b du Maurier, Daphne (1952). The Apple Tree. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd.
  3. ^ "Online Catalog". Library of Congress. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Recommended Reading," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 1953, p. 91
  5. ^ "Kiss Me Again, Stranger (1953)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 25 January 2019.