Someone at a Distance

Someone at a Distance

by Dorothy Whipple
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Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

'A very good novel indeed about the fragility and also the tenacity of love' commented the Spectator recently about this 1953 novel by Dorothy Whipple, which was ignored fifty years ago because 'editors are going mad for action and passion' (as she was told by her publisher). But this last novel 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' 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 novel; it is well written and compelling.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906462000
Publisher: Persephone Books
Publication date: 12/31/2011
Series: Persephone Classics
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 609,964
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Born in 1893 in Lancashire, England, Dorothy Whipple wrote nine extremely successful novels, two of which were made into films. She also wrote short stories and two volumes of memoirs. She died in 1966. Nina Bawden is the celebrated author of Carrie's War, Peppermint Pig, and The Witch's Daughter, among others. A number of her works have been dramatized by BBC Children's television. She currently lives in London and Nauplion, Greece.

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Someone at a Distance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SuzieF More than 1 year ago
Powerful story about the disintegration of a family. Whipple is honest in her writing and leaves me wanting to track down her other books.