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Strangers in Company

(1973)
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Marian is in her mid-30s and trying to get over the shock of her 18-year-old twins leaving her to live with their father in the USA. As a distraction she takes a job looking after a younger woman, Stella, on a coach tour to Greece. It seems to be the answer to all her worries - financial and otherwise - although there is some mystery surrounding Stella's background.

As the tour gets underway, strange things begin happen, including some serious accidents. People become suspicious, and nobody is at all sure whom they can trust. Marion becomes increasingly worried, both for her own sake and for Stella's, and at the same time tries to resist her increasing attraction to a friendly classics professor who is also on the tour. A suspenseful thriller, tense and concise, that builds interesting characters with ease.

Born near Cambridge, Massachusetts to Pulitzer prize-winning poet Conrad Aiken and his first wife, the writer Jessie McDonald, Jane Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex, where her younger sister, Joan, who would become a novelist and a children's writer, was born. Their parents divorced in 1929. From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College, her mother's alma mater. She was a civil servant for a time, and also worked for Time magazine, before returning to the UK in 1947. Her works of fiction include historical novels and contemporary detective novels.

In 1972 she renounced her United States citizenship and became a British subject. For many years a believer in the right of people to end their own lives, Hodge chose to end her own by means of an overdose in June 2009. The Times obituary (pub. July 25, 2009) stated that she left "a letter expressing her deep distress that she had felt unable to discuss her plans with her daughters without risking making them accessories".

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1988 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-7089-1788-7 / 978-0-7089-1788-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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May 1973 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-340-16564-2 / 978-0-340-16564-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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January 1973 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-698-10499-4 / 978-0-698-10499-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Coward Mc Cann
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 1-4482-1349-5 / 978-1-4482-1349-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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2002 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-7551-0961-9 / 978-0-7551-0961-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: House of Stratus Ltd
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March 1984 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-340-18806-5 / 978-0-340-18806-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Coronet Books
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May 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-449-24019-3 / 978-0-449-24019-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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August 1976 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-449-23067-8 / 978-0-449-23067-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 1-5226-0105-8 / 978-1-5226-0105-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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May 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 1992 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Strangers in Company: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
ISBN: 0-7451-4058-0 / 978-0-7451-4058-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Strangers in Company (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): Jane Aiken Hodge
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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