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“A very good novel indeed about the fragility and also the tenacity of love.”—The Spectator

Written in 1953, the last book by best-selling novelist Dorothy Whipple, Someone at a Distance is a quietly gripping story about the destruction of a marriage. Ellen is “that unfashionable creature, a happy housewife” who loves her life in the English countryside. She tends her garden, dotes on her children, and, when she remembers, visits her cantankerous mother-in-law. This domestic bliss, however, is shattered when her 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. In her preface, Nina Bawden states, “it is a great gift to be able to take an ordinary tale and make it compulsive reading. It is all in the telling and Whipple is a storyteller—an art that cannot be taught, cannot be learned, an art only a few writers are lucky enough to be born with. . . . Someone at a Distance is a brilliant account of frailty and folly.”

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 memoirs. She died in 1966.

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J. B. Priestly describes Dorothy Whipple as a "Jane Austen of the Twentieth Century."

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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.

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ayse gilbert, October 13, 2013 (view all comments by ayse gilbert)
For all those readers who lament the how few books Barbara Pym wrote( 40 would not have been too many!!) and lust for the charm of Elizabeth Taylor, the humour of EF benson, this british author is a find!! Well written, alarming seductive and hard to put down, and worth many a re-read, the stories are both gentle and sharply aware of the relationships between men and women. An added note; Persephone press books are well worth searching out, as they are very nicely printed and bound.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781906462000
Author:
Whipple, Dorothy
Publisher:
Persephone Books
Preface by:
Bawden, Nina
Preface:
Bawden, Nina
Author:
Bawden, Nina
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Persephone Classics
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
7.4 x 5.5 x 1.4 in 17.5 oz

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