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This review is from: High Wages (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.