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The Wheel Spins (1936) by Ethel Lina White

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Ethel Lina White's The Wheel Spins was first published in 1936.

The novel was adapted by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder and filmed by Hitchcock as The Lady Vanishes (1938).

There have been several radio adaptations and a 1979 film remake starring Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd, as well as a BBC television film in 2013, starring Tuppence Middleton, which was more faithful to White's novel than the Hitchcock film.


Set on a train travelling through Europe, the protagonist is Iris Carr, a beautiful, young socialite on her way back home to England after vacationing in the mountains of central Europe. She is a pampered and protected young woman who feels isolated and afraid while travelling alone and befriends Miss Froy, who disappears without a trace.

No one on the train believes that Miss Foy is missing in fact they don’t believe she even exists. Is the narrator reliable?



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