The Boy On Platform One

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A young London boy has a unique gift for the effortless memorizing of words. As his father, proprietor of a small shop selling secondhand books and antiques, uneasily uses Peter’s gift for commercial gain, the apparatus of State Security steps in to exploit it for more sinister ends.

Competing pressures from the adult world create, unknowingly for Peter, a situation of mortal danger from which only luck and the resilience and sane instincts of a youth offer a possible line of escape.

Written by a master of the genre, this is a story of adventure and intrigue with a sharply contrasted background divided between the streets of Paddington and the tranquil countryside of Devon and Cornwall.

About Victor Canning

Victor Canning was primarily a writer of thrillers, and wrote his many books under the pseudonyms Julian Forest and Alan Gould. Among his immediate contemporaries were Eric Ambler, Alistair Maclean and Hammond Innes. " " " " Canning was a prolific writer throughout his career, which began young: he had sold several short stories by the age of nineteen and his first novel, Mr Finchley Discovers His England (1934) was published when he was twenty-three. Canning also wrote for children: his Smiler trilogy was adapted for US children's television. " " " " Canning's later thrillers were darker and more complex than his earlier work and received great critical acclaim. The Rainbird Pattern was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger in 1973 and nominated for an Edgar award in 1974. " " " " In 1976 The Rainbird Pattern was transformed by Alfred Hitchcock into the comic film The Family Plot, which was to be Hitchcock's last film. Several of Canning's other novels including Golden Salamander (1949) were also made into films during Canning's lifetime.

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Books by Victor Canning

Panthers' Moon
Panthers' Moon
The Golden Salamander
The Golden Salamander
A Forest of Eyes
A Forest of Eyes
Venetian Bird
Venetian Bird
The House of Seven Flies
The House of Seven Flies
The Man from the 'Turkish Slave'
The Man from the 'Turkish Slave'
Castle Minerva
Castle Minerva
His Bones are Coral
His Bones are Coral
The Hidden Face
The Hidden Face
The Manasco Road
The Manasco Road
Queen's Pawn
Queen's Pawn
The Mask of Memory
The Mask of Memory
The Kingsford Mark
The Kingsford Mark
The Runaways
The Runaways
Flight of the Grey Goose
Flight of the Grey Goose
The Painted Tent
The Painted Tent
The Crimson Chalice
The Crimson Chalice
The Circle of the Gods
The Circle of the Gods
The Immortal Wound
The Immortal Wound