The Man Who Loved Lions
By Ethel Lina White
'Adept at laying one icy finger on the back of your neck' Spectator
The roar of a lion is not the kind of music one expects to hear at night in the stillness of the English countryside.
Yet in the neighbourhood of 'Ganges', Sir Benjamin Watson's house, that terrifyingly wild sound is not uncommon. Sir Benjamin is rich enough to indulge his expensive hobby of a private zoo. The first time Ann Sherborne, walking at night to the gates of 'Ganges' on that strange, eventful visit, hears the savage roar, her courage dies and she starts to run.
But that frightening experience is just a prelude to a night charged with terror, when not only fear but death stalks 'Ganges', playing havoc among the guests assembled there ...
Ethel Lina White was born in Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, Wales. 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 embarked on books. Her first three, published between 1927 and 1930, were mainstream novels. Her first crime novel, published in 1931, was Put Out the Light, and she went on to be one of the best-known crime writers of the 1930s and 1940s in Britain and the US. Her novel The Wheel Spins (1936) was made into the acclaimed film, The Lady Vanishes, by Alfred Hitchcock in 1938. Ethel Lina White died in London.
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14 Mar 2015
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