Four Frightened People
E. Arnot Robertson
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Matter of fact Judy Corder, a 26 year old doctor, is travelling with her cousin Stewart on a slow ship to Singapore Incarcerated with their fellow passengers, at 107 degrees in the shade, they fall in with the hearty Mrs Mardick and Arnold Ainger, an intriguing somewhat pompous married man Then plague breaks out Under cover of darkness, all four flee the ship for the tMatter of fact Judy Corder, a 26 year old doctor, is travelling with her cousin Stewart on a slow ship to Singapore Incarcerated with their fellow passengers, at 107 degrees in the shade, they fall in with the hearty Mrs Mardick and Arnold Ainger, an intriguing somewhat pompous married man Then plague breaks out Under cover of darkness, all four flee the ship for the terrors of the jungle In the depths of the jungle, civilisation abandoned, the true natures of all four assert themselves.
  • Title: Four Frightened People
  • Author: E. Arnot Robertson
  • ISBN: 9781844082001
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback

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Frances Brody Sep 24, 2020 - 08:12 AM
First published in 1931, when the author was 27, this is an imaginative splicing of travel writing, thrilling yarn and romance that was hugely popular in its day. The narrator is Judy Corder, age 26, a doctor. Recently ditched by her lover, Judy is travelling with her cousin Stewart, journalist and would-be playwright on board a slow ship to Singapore. She and another passenger, the aloof intellectual Arnold Ainger, realise that there is plague on the ship. They resolve to make for the shore at [...]
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Ali Sep 24, 2020 - 08:12 AM
It can be unnerving starting to read a book knowing a number of other people really didn’t like it at all. I plucked Four Frightened People off the shelf – not even sure where I had got it – intrigued by the title and the blurb, I think it was one my sister found me in a charity shop, alerted to it by the dark green Virago spine. A few pages in and I discovered it was referred to as ‘that book’ by members of the Librarything Virago group – whose opinion I trust. My heart sank. I had [...]
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Kat Warren Sep 24, 2020 - 08:12 AM
Wow, fab. Delighted to have discovered Robertson. Intending to read more from her pen.
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Phil Barker Sep 24, 2020 - 08:12 AM
Never quite worked out which four people the title refers to. Daft story, with casual racism until toward the end when the racism becomes extreme. Fascinating insight into the 1920s/30s.
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Pascale Sep 24, 2020 - 08:12 AM
I was captivated by this book from start to finish. Not so much by the suspense element of the plot, since after all, it is obvious that the narrator at least has survived her ordeal in the malayan jungle, but by the style. Robertson's descriptions of the jungle are so eery that half-way through the book I read the introduction in the hope of finding out what her sources were. I was tickled to discover that although she's never been to Malaya, and had based everything on research done at the Bri [...]
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Four Frightened People By E. Arnot Robertson Matter of fact Judy Corder, a 26 year old doctor, is travelling with her cousin Stewart on a slow ship to Singapore Incarcerated with their fellow passengers, at 107 degrees in the shade, they fall in with the hearty Mrs Mardick and Arnold Ainger, an intriguing somewhat pompous married man Then plague breaks out Under cover of darkness, all four flee the ship for the tMatter of fact Judy Corder, a 26 year old doctor, is travelling with her cousin Stewart on a slow ship to Singapore Incarcerated with their fellow passengers, at 107 degrees in the shade, they fall in with the hearty Mrs Mardick and Arnold Ainger, an intriguing somewhat pompous married man Then plague breaks out Under cover of darkness, all four flee the ship for the terrors of the jungle In the depths of the jungle, civilisation abandoned, the true natures of all four assert themselves.

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