Ethel Lina White


Born
in Abergavenny, Wales, The United Kingdom
January 01, 1876

Died
August 13, 1944

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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 193
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Average rating: 3.73 · 2,697 ratings · 451 reviews · 57 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Lady Vanishes

3.79 avg rating — 933 ratings — published 1936 — 63 editions
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Some Must Watch

3.68 avg rating — 403 ratings — published 1933 — 46 editions
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Fear Stalks the Village

3.45 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1932 — 36 editions
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While She Sleeps

3.40 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 1940 — 14 editions
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The Lady Vanishes & The Spi...

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3.81 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2015
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Wax

3.53 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 1935 — 34 editions
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Put Out the Light

3.75 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1931 — 5 editions
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Step in the Dark

3.61 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1938 — 23 editions
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British Mysteries Collectio...

3.66 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2014 — 9 editions
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She Faded into Air

3.07 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1941 — 25 editions
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“Anyone acquainted with Helen's characteristics would know that she always manufactured leisure for an unfamiliar job, even if she had to neglect some legitimate duty. It was the infusion of novelty into her dull routine which helped to keep undimmed her passionate zest for life.”
Ethel Lina White, Some Must Watch

“The day before the disaster, Iris Carr had her first premonition of danger. She was used to the protection of a crowd, whom—with unconscious flattery—she called 'her friends'. An attractive orphan of independent means, she had been surrounded always with clumps of people.”
Ethel Lina White, The Lady Vanishes

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