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Creator / Elleston Trevor

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Elleston Trevor (17 February 1920 21 July 1995) was a British novelist who wrote under various pseudonyms, including Adam Hall and Simon Rattray.

As Adam Hall he wrote the Quiller espionage novels.

As Simon Rattray he wrote a series of novels featuring Amateur Sleuth Hugo Bishop. (These have also been published under the Adam Hall name in some markets.)

His best-known work as Elleston Trevor is The Flight Of The Phoenix, the basis for the 1965 film of the same name. Under the same pen-name he also wrote Squadron Airborne, depicting a week or twonote  in the life of an RAF fighter squadron during the Battle of Britain, The Big Pick-Up, about a squad of British soldiers retreating to Dunkirk in June 1940, and Bury Him Among Kings, a World War I novel about the Sibling Rivalry between two brothers fighting in the trenches.

Tropes in Trevor's works:

  • Franken-vehicle: The basis of the plot of The Flight Of The Phoenix. A party of oil workers are flying between sites when their plane crashes in a sandstorm. They cobble together a jury-rigged plane using their mining equipment and pieces of the old plane and fly it to safety.