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High Wages Paperback – 1952

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: J. Murray (1952)
  • ASIN: B0000CIA4M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,822,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By booksetc on 30 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
'Experience doth take dreadfully high wages but she teacheth like none other.'
This is one of Whipple's earlier books, published in 1930, and set just before and after World War I. Not as powerful as later works like Someone At A Distance but still a very engaging, old-fashioned read full of Whipple's characteristic shrewd observation. Jane is a parentless girl, full of ambition, who rises from behind the counter of an old-fashioned draper's store to own her own gown shop. Whipple's depiction of a northern mill-town and its 'characters' is quite wonderful and she is clearly writing from her own northern background. Readers who know Manchester today will be fascinated by Jane's shopping excursion to the city and the description of Kendal's up-to-the-minute window displays circa 1913.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By michelle ann on 28 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the second Dorothy Whipple book I have read, the first being The Priory, which I thought was OK, but would not rave over. I enjoyed this book much more. Not a lot happens, but for those who like a social history side to their novels, it is fascinating, and gives a slice of shopping history that may be unfamiliar to most. I also liked the fact that the characters were believable, neither sinners nor saints, but people who tried to do their best in the circumstances. Ideal to curl up with in front of the fire on a cold winter's night!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bookelephant on 25 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I agree totally with the previous reviewer who says that this is not as powerful a book as some of Dorothy Whipple's later work. It is interesting as an early book, and beautifully written, with the most fascinating insights into the very important subject of the history of shopping (quite an interesting comparison with Zola's "Ladies Paradise" could be made). But the sense of "moral groundedness" which permeates her later work (and is either loved or loathed by readers) is not really present. Jane, an admirable feminist icon in her thirst for education and independence, finds her longing for something higher than is offered by her everyday life answered in a not uncommon form - the attractions of a married man; and does not reject this route out of hand, as one might expect of a Whipple heroine. Those who find Whipple's moral aspect repellant (as the founders of Virago did) might well find this book more, rather than less, enjoyable as a result - certainly Jane rings very true to life. For myself, as an unreconstructed Whipple-ite I found it a little disconcerting - but none the less enjoyable!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda on 6 Nov. 2011
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An absolutely delightful book which I read in two days. This is indeed a little more lightweight than some of Dorothy Whipple's other books but non the worse for it - afterall it would be pretty sad if they were all the same. This reminded me a little of J B Priestley's Bright Day (another great favourite of mine) and gives a wonderful insight into a very different time and place. As to the hardworking heroine - she's a great tonic during a sleepless night!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2007
Format: Paperback
The title of this book is taken from the old saying

"Experience doth take dreadfully high wages, but she teaches like none other."

Tells the story of Jane Carter. Her mother had died when she was little and her father first remarried and then also died. Jane's stepmother decries the "fancy schools" to which her parents had sent her, and insists that she goes out to work.

Jane came to the market town of Tidsley for an afternoon, saw a job in a draper's shop advertised which includes "live-in" accomodation, and jumps at the opportunity both the earn a living and escape from her stepmother's home. At first her reward for initiative and hard work is to be cheated out of part of her earnings. However, Jane endears herself to her customers and eventually manages to set up in business for herself.

Also included in the story is her re-introduction to the world of literature, and a romantic triangle - or rather in this case, a romantic pentagon - which includes the husband of a local heiress, and the library assistant who has introduced Jane to the beauty of the written word but has what appears at first to be an unrequited fascination with her own beauty.

The story was written in 1930, is set in the early years of the 20th Century including the period of the first world war. It is an interesting social portrait of that period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booksetc on 9 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of Whipple's earlier books, pub. in 1930, and set just before and after World War I. Not as powerful as later work like Someone At A Distance, but still a very engaging, old-fashioned read full of Whipple's characteristic shrewd observation. Jane is a parentless girl, full of ambition, who rises from behind the counter of an old-fashioned draper's store to own her own gown shop. Whipple's depiction of a northern milltown and its 'characters' is quite wonderful and she is clearly writing from her own northern background. Readers who know Manchester today will be fascinated by Jane's shopping excursion to the city and the description of Kendal's up-to-the-minute window displays circa 1913. Well worth reading if you can get hold of a second-hand copy; if you can't, Persephone Books are re-publishing it soon.
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