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A Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the Femina-Vie Heureuse Prize, the second Dorothy Whipple novel we publish is also wonderfully well-written in a clear and straightforward style; yet ‘this real treat’ (Sunday Telegraph) is far more subtle than it at first appears.
It is 1934 and the Blakes are an ordinary family: Celia looks after the house and Thomas works at the family engineering business in Leicester.The book begins when he meets Mr Knight, a financier as crooked as any on the front pages of our newspapers nowadays; and tracks his and his family’s swift climb and fall.
Part of the cause of the ensuing tragedy is Celia’s innocence – blinkered by domesticity, she and her children are the
They Knew
Mr Knight DOROTHY WHIPPLE
A striking block-print in sombre colours, the fabric has some of the hard-edged quality of machinery; yet the leaves and flowers evoke the large garden by which Celia is so fatally tempted.
‘victim of the turbulence of the outside world’ (Postscript); but finally, through ‘quiet tenacity and the refusal to let go of certain precious things, goodness does win out’ (Afterword). And the TLS wrote:‘The portraits in the book are fired by Mrs Whipple’s article of faith – the supreme importance of people.’
AFTERWORD BY TERENCE HANDLEY MACMATH
  PERSEPHONE BOOKS CATALOGUE
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 496pp PERSEPHONE BOOKS ISBN 9781903155080
























































































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