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   A 1930s dress fabric from a private collection. Sometimes to be seen displayed in the window at Lamb’s Conduit Street.
This is the fifth book by Dorothy Whipple we have published. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is our bestselling book but she is our bestselling writer. The Closed Door and Other Stories is a selection of ten short stories taken from the three (now almost unobtainable) collections published in her lifetime: On Approval (1935), After Tea and Other Stories (1941) and Wednesday and Other Stories (1961).
Written with ‘economy and absence of fuss’ (TLS), these are novels in miniature. For those new to Dorothy Whipple’s work they would be the perfect introduction; those who are already addicts (virtually every Persephone reader) will be delighted to be able to read more by a writer who, long after her death, has been republished to such universal acclaim.
On the back cover of the new edition of Someone at a Distance, Sarah Waters has written: ‘A quiet masterpiece of a novel, poignant
Self portrait c. 1932 by Effie Spring-Smith © Ipswich Borough Council Museum and Galleries
The Closed Door and Other Stories DOROTHY WHIPPLE
and beautifully observed.’ In 1941 the TLS said: ‘Nobody is more shrewd than Mrs Whipple in hitting off domestic relations or the small foibles of everyday life.’ And in 1961 Anthony Burgess wrote about Wednesday:‘These stories of the commonplace, with their commonplace-seeming style, are illuminating and startling.’
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240pp PERSEPHONE BOOKS ISBN 9781903155646

























































































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