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- Description'A very good vel indeed about the fragility and also the tenacity of love' commented the Spectator about this 1953 vel by Dorothy Whipple, which was igred fifty years ago because 'editors are going mad for action and passion' (as she was told by her publisher). But this last vel by a writer whose books had previously been bestsellers is outstandingly good by any standards. Apparently 'a fairly ordinary tale about the destruction of a happy marriage' (Nina Bawden in the Preface) yet 'it makes compulsive reading' in its description of an ordinary family ('Ellen was that unfashionable creature, a happy housewife') struck by disaster when the husband, in a moment of weak, mid-life vanity, runs off with a French girl.Dorothy Whipple is a superb stylist, with a calm intelligence in the tradition of Mrs Gaskell (both wrote in the Midlands and had similar preoccupations). 'The prose is simple, the psychology spot on' said the Telegraph , and John Sandoe Books commented: 'We have all delighted in this unjustly forgotten vel; it is well written and compelling'.
- Author BiographyBorn in 1893, DOROTHY WHIPPLE (nee Stirrup) had an intensely happy childhood in Blackburn as part of the large family of a local architect. Her close friend George Owen having been killed in the first week of the war, for three years she worked as secretary to Henry Whipple, an educational administrator who was a widower twenty-four years her senior and whom she married in 1917. Their life was mostly spent in Nottingham; here she wrote Young Anne (1927), the first of nine extremely successful novels which included Greenbanks (1932) and The Priory (1939). Almost all her books were Book Society Choices or Recommendations and two of them, They Knew Mr Knight (1934) and They were Sisters (1943), were made into films. She also wrote short stories and two volumes of memoirs. Someone at a Distance (1953) was her last novel. Returning in her last years to Blackburn, Dorothy Whipple died there in 1966.
- Author(s)Dorothy Whipple,Nina Bawden
- PublisherPersephone Books Ltd
- Date of Publication24/04/2008
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitlePersephone Classics
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPersephone Books Ltd
- Weight499 g
- Width138 mm
- Height192 mm
- Spine36 mm
- Edition StatementRevised edition
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