A special edition of The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan's 70th anniversary.
In this nail-bitingly tense thriller, a girl on a train finds herself in a terrifying situation when her travelling companion vanishes suddenly from their compartment whilst she is sleeping. Every other passenger aboard insists that the woman doesn't exist - that she was never there at all. But as the train rattles on through Europe it becomes increasingly clear that something very sinister is at work.
Originally published as The Wheel Spins, this gripping psychological suspense novel was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's famous 1938 thriller starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.
Ethel Lina White's thriller classic, featuring the original 'girl on a train' scenario.
Ethel Lina White was born in Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, Wales in 1876. She initially worked for the Ministry of Pensions but quit her job in order to write. She is the author of over fifteen mysteries and thrillers, several of which were made into films. The Wheel Spins, a masterpiece of suspense writing about a beautiful young girl on a train and her missing companion, was immortalized by Alfred Hitchcock as The Lady Vanishes. Vastly successful in her day, White was as well-known as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers but fell into obscurity following her sudden death in 1944.