The Lady Vanishes & The Spiral Staircase

The Lady Vanishes & The Spiral Staircase By Ethel Lina White Keith Carabine, The Lady Vanishes The Spiral Staircase None
  • Title: The Lady Vanishes & The Spiral Staircase
  • Author: Ethel Lina White Keith Carabine
  • ISBN: 9781840225761
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Ethel Lina White Keith Carabine

      Ethel Lina White 1876 13 August 1944 was a British crime writer, best known for her novel The Wheel Spins 1936 , on which the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Lady Vanishes 1938 , was based.Born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, in 1876, White started writing as a child, contributing essays and poems to children s papers Later she began to write short stories, but it was some years before she wrote books.She left employment in a government job working for the Ministry of Pensions in order to pursue writing Her writing was to make her one of the best known crime writers in Britain and the USA during the 1930s and 40s.Her first three works, published between 1927 and 1930, were mainstream novels Her first crime novel, published in 1931, was Put Out the Light Although she has now faded into obscurity, in her day she was as well known as such writers like Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie.She died in London in 1944 aged 68 Her works have enjoyed a revival in recent years with a stage adaptation of The Lady Vanishes touring the UK in 2001 and the BBC broadcast of an abridged version on BBC Radio 4 as well as a TV adaptation by the BBC in 2013 from

    453 thoughts on “The Lady Vanishes & The Spiral Staircase”

    1. The Lady Vanishes 4 stars This does start off pretty slow and picks up about half way through the book The Spiral Staircase 4 starsThis one had suspense than the Lady Vanishes, but ending was too abrupt.

    2. Review of The Lady Vanishes after which I couldn t face the second novella for a while This is the story that disproves the rule the book is always better than the film because the film, with all its alterations to the plot, has interesting and sympathetic characters and clearer and sustainable motives A lot of this plot involves Iris battling up and down a crowded train corridor which may be a metaphor for her battle against the forces against her but is frankly rather boring Even Miss Froy, [...]

    3. White writes solid suspense and well constructed stories that suffer from stretches of boredom caused by scenes that have the characters run up and down trains and stairs and from the fact that her protagonists young women in both The Lady Vanishes and The Spiral Staircase are not really likeable and made it difficult for me to really care.A nice read, but in both cases the movies that are very loosely based on the stories are superior and much enjoyable It s not often that I recommend the movi [...]

    4. The Spiral Staircase was a great, quick read Very atmospheric and suspenseful the kind to consume in one sitting if possible Preferably on a dark and stormy night , if you dare It was my first time reading Ethel Lina White She had an interesting style with her turns of phrase and has been compared to Agatha Christie, obviously in part due to both of them writing in the golden age of mystery But I can see the comparison also in her vivid portrayal of very unlikeable characters, something Dame Aga [...]

    5. The Spiral StaircaseI half remember watching this movie the protagonist hysterically rushing from room to room to flight of stairs.In the book it s 210 pages of the same to set the stage for an obvious ending Boring.

    6. Two excellent books by one fantastic author It is interesting to note that the film interpretations of both novels are different from the original stories The names of the characters are the same except for Iris last name in The Lady Vanishes You will be on the edge of your seat reading The Spiral Staircase The descriptions are so vivid, you can see them while you are reading The tension is immense as the story comes to its surprising climax The Lady Vanishes is a mystery as well but the tension [...]

    7. Initially I gave this book a two star rating, but thinking back on it I ve upped it to three TLV is well known and although I think Hitchcock s film develops the story better it is still a good read TSS was a bit of a slog to get through and I thought pretty meh when I d finished it, but it actually stays with you, and I d probably like to read it again although I think I ve donated it to my local library already So a nice double dip of 1930s crime mystery fiction from a simpler innocent era.

    8. Not sure which story I loved The stories read like Agatha Christie novels and were an enjoyable journey to the past when live was slower paced and mysteries could happen anywhere If I had to pick it probably would have been The Lady vanishes some was predictable and other parts completely unexpected.

    9. If you re looking for a classic, like suspenseful thrillers and gripping mysteries then this is the book to read This book is two stories in one and both are fantastic They each have a gripping build up with a satisfying ending A brilliant page turner, I could not put it down.

    10. I m so glad I ve finished this book The first story, The Lady Vanishes was enjoyable even though I think the film is so much better but the second story, The Spiral Staircase was so boring.

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