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This review is from: High Wages (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.