Dorothy Whipple





Dorothy Whipple

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Born 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 storie ...more


Average rating: 4.22 · 1,752 ratings · 321 reviews · 15 distinct works · Similar authors
Someone at a Distance
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 643 ratings — published 1953 — 3 editions
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The Priory
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 268 ratings — published 1939 — 2 editions
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They Were Sisters
4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 1944 — 4 editions
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High Wages
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 1930 — 2 editions
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They Knew Mr. Knight
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 130 ratings — published 1934 — 2 editions
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Greenbanks
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 1932 — 2 editions
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The Closed Door and Other S...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2007
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Because Of The Lockwoods
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 1949 — 6 editions
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The Other Day
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1950 — 2 editions
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Every Good Deed
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1946
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“But Mrs. Brockington, old, alone, almost crippled by rheumatism, had faith and courage. She had more. She had a warm serenity, and when Ellen was with her, she almost had it too. For goodness is catching. Mrs. Brockington was further on the road Ellen wanted to travel, and because Mrs. Brockington had got there, Ellen felt she might get there too.”
Dorothy Whipple, Someone at a Distance

“If we could be seen thinking, we would show blown bright one moment, dark the next, like embers; subject to every passing word and thought of our own or other people's, mostly other people's.”
Dorothy Whipple

“All those books, all those prayers and she had got nothing from them. When everything went well for her she had been able to pray, she couldn't now. There was such urgency in her present situation that until the pressure was removed she couldn't think about God. She hadn't the patience to pray. It was a shock to her. Surely God was for these times?”
Dorothy Whipple, Someone at a Distance
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