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Someone at a distance ([New ed.])

By: Bawden, Nina Whipple, Dorothy

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Part of the Persephone Classics series
1906462003 / 9781906462000
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20 cm xi, 413 p.
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Reprint. This ed. originally published: 1999.

'A very good novel indeed about the fragility and also the tenacity of love' commented the "Spectator" 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' (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 novel; it is well written and compelling'.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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