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Table Number Seven

Novel, 62,500 words, 180 pages

Published by Heinemann 1987 at 10.95. There was an American edition from Trafalgar Square Publishing in 1988. It has never appeared in paperback, though it has been reprinted in large-print editions.

The book was posthumously completed from a typescript that amounted to about three-quarters of the book. The dust jacket credits "his wife Adria and sister Jean", but it is clear from correspondence and press cuttings that the bulk of the work was carried out by Jean Tearle, his sister.

Lily Franklin inherits 5000 which she is obliged by the terms of the will to spend on a Mediterranean cruise. The book follows her fortunes and those of several of her fellow passengers as they are befriended by the mysterious John Christopher, who seems to be able to solve their problems.

The book sheds an interesting light on Canning's attitude to religion and fate, subjects that he had shown little interest in previously.

First edition 1987 Index of characters,
locations and themes
(in preparation)