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Someone at a Distance (Revised)
Someone at a Distance (Revised) | Dorothy Whipple
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'A very good novel indeed' (Spectator), first published in 1953, about an Englishman's tragic destruction of his previously happy marriage. Preface by Nina Bawden.
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LeahBergen
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Currently reading!

I picked this one up finally, because A). @emilyhaldi shamed me into it, and B). @saresmoore inspired me with her birthday Persephone shopping. 😄

First chapter down and it‘s WONDERFUL.

#PersephoneBooks

saresmoore 🥳👏 2w
BarbaraBB I thought so - after reading @saresmoore ‘s post. So I need this one too. I must control myself but I can‘t 🤦🏻‍♀️😘 1w
BarbaraBB Done. ✔️😬 1w
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LeahBergen @BarbaraBB 😆😆 Is this one of the two Persephones you ordered? 👏🏻👏🏻 1w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen No.. this one makes three. I told you, no self control 😀. At all. 1w
LeahBergen Oh, I love it!!! 😆😆 Which three did you order? @BarbaraBB (oops! Forgot to tag you!) (edited) 1w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @saresmoore You‘re all tempting me. 😇😈😂 1w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Dooooo it! Place a biiiiiig whopping Persephone order. 😂😆😂😆 1w
saresmoore @rubyslippersreads Leah is a terrible influence and I wholeheartedly endorse her suggestion. 😁 1w
rubyslippersreads @saresmoore @LeahBergen I see you‘re both 😈😈 in this scenario. 😂 1w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen This one, obviously, and 1w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Patience I had already bought the minute I read @emilyhaldi ‘s review. @rubyslippersreads it is better to stay away from people like Emily, Leah and @saresmoore, they are dangerous for your wallet 😂😂😘 1w
emilyhaldi LOL, somehow I missed this post?! Good to know that the shaming method works so effectively on you Leah 😆 I can't wait to hear your final review of this one!!! 1w
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Oryx
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Great find today, a #persephone for 50p! It's one of the reissued 'classics' so not the lovely grey colour, and the spine is a bit creased, but still! @laurenbescoby

DivineDiana Great find! ❤️ 5mo
Centique Oh that‘s amazing! 5mo
squirrelbrain Well done you! 5mo
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LeahBergen Awesome find! 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 5mo
laurenbescoby Awesome find! 😄 5mo
JennyM The book fairies were looking after you today...awesome find! 5mo
ephemeralwaltz Lucky!! 5mo
Eyelit Ooh, that‘s a good one! Lucky find - enjoy!! 5mo
batsy Great find! I love these "special edition" Persephone covers! 4mo
quirkyreader Wow! That was a major score. 4mo
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emilyhaldi
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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When you're #rightnexttotherightone but you leave her for a young, beautiful, French girl in the midst of your midlife crisis 💔
#septemberdanes

JennyM 🙄 9mo
BarbaraBB Smart choice. I had the book stacked already. I am a sucker for midlife crisis books I guess 😂😂 9mo
Cinfhen Like the direction you went!! Well played 😊 9mo
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Kalalalatja 🙄🙄 all the eyerolls, but I love reading about it, still 😂 9mo
Cathythoughts This sounds really good .. stacking with serious intent 👍🏻 9mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely cover 9mo
Reviewsbylola Omg such a fantastic book. He gave me douche chills. (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola ‘Douche chills‘ 😂😂😂 9mo
Reviewsbylola That‘s a trademarked phrase of Emily‘s husband. 😂😂 @LeahBergen 9mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Well, you can tell him its usage has now spread to Canada. 😂😂 9mo
Mdargusch We use the term often @LeahBergen 8mo
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Wilkie
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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Love #lovemedo, you know I love you, I‘ll always be true....Until I fall in love with Mothers bewitching French companion, that is. #heyjune #persephone

Cinfhen Ha!!! #Fickle 11mo
Aimeesue Ahhhh, Dorothy Whipple! 11mo
emilyhaldi Such a great book! ❤️ 11mo
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Reviewsbylola
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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This is the perfect book for he #englishhouse prompt. Ellen and her husband live in an old manor on the English countryside when she discovers he has been having an affair. As she deals with their divorce and the fallout, she must leave their home. She finds work in a small hotel (the equivalent of a bed and breakfast I would say), also in an English estate. The novel is very atmospheric. #aprella #persephone

erzascarletbookgasm Aargh! These Persephone covers😍 13mo
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Cover and book 🙌🏻 13mo
emilyhaldi So good 🙌🏻 13mo
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benchley1 That cover 😍😍😍😍😍😍 13mo
Mdargusch I bought this so I guess I should read it! 13mo
Pamwurtzler That looks good - I‘ll have to stack it! 13mo
Christine11 These books are gorgeous looking! 13mo
Kalalalatja I want to read this so much! 13mo
BarbaraBB Great picture and that book sounds so good! 13mo
LeahBergen So beautiful! I‘m always stumped when Persephone has the classic cover AND the dove grey one for the same title! 😫 Which one to buy?? I have a few of these covers but then I always think I should stick with the uniform grey. I dunno! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Reviewsbylola If they come in this type of cover, I usually go for it. They‘re just so pretty!! @LeahBergen 13mo
TLVZ721 These editions are simply lovely! Great picture! 13mo
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Reviewsbylola
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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And with my last read, I‘ve completed quarter one of #booked2018! Considering I started this month with four selection to go and feared I wouldn‘t finish in time, I‘m pretty happy to complete it with 10 days to go. 🎉🎉🎉 I‘m so happy with my selections and didn‘t really have any stinkers. My favorites would be a tie between The Boys in the Book and Someone at a Distance, both of which I gave five stars.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 1y
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! I didn‘t realize you read a Roxane Gay...did u hate her as much as @emilyhaldi ?!??? 1y
ElishaLovesBooks Nice!!👏👏 1y
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Reviewsbylola I found her to be a mixed bag. She had a lot of very relevant things to say, but I think her points could have been made more succinctly. @Cinfhen 1y
Mdargusch Yay! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reviewsbylola @cinfhen I liked Hunger far more than Bad Feminist. The single topic helped her focus. Bad Fem was so scattered. 1y
emilyhaldi Ugh, Roxane Gay 😝 @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola 1y
emilyhaldi Ps. I had no idea that we had chosen 3 of the same books for this challenge!! I have the same top 3 too 👯‍♀️ 1y
Cinfhen I started Bad Feminist but it wasn‘t grabbing me @Reviewsbylola @BarbaraTheBibliophage @emilyhaldi 1y
Kalalalatja Well done 👏👏 1y
4thhouseontheleft Well done!! The Underground Railroad was one of my favorites of 2017. @emilyhaldi your dislike of Roxane Gay‘s books is becoming quite well known. 😂 1y
raelaschoenherr I haven‘t read any of the Miss Fisher novels but I totally binged the TV show! Have you seen it? 1y
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Wilkie
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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Ellen is blindsided when her husband of 20 years leaves her for his Mother‘s young French companion. #ifyouleavemecanIcometoo? #marchintooz #persephone

Cinfhen Lovely photo💕 1y
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Reviewsbylola
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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Pickpick

This was my #feministclassic read for #booked2018. It was phenomenal. I would currently count it as my favorite #Persephone. Whipple has a way of making the disintegration of a happy marriage totally understandable and believable and, if I‘m being frank, downright terrifying. The entire second half of the book I struggled with what I wanted for the characters. I was tormented by their plight. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time.

Moray_Reads Gorgeous cover 1y
RealLifeReading Great review 1y
LauraBrook I loved this one too! And an excellent review! ❤️ 1y
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batsy Ooh, I definitely need this! Nice review. And can a Persephone cover ever do wrong 😍 1y
emilyhaldi Yay so glad you loved it too!! Def one of my favs ❤️ 1y
Mdargusch Great review! 1y
Cinfhen You‘re booking it 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
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LondElle89
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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This is my Persephone Classics collection. I have one more to buy, but I love this collection. I've read Miss Pettigrew and Cheerful Weather; I'll eventually get to the others. Anyone else collect or have read a Persephone Book?

GarthRanzz My girlfriend loves Persephone books! We just ordered a few for the Mothering Sunday special they ran. I‘m sure you‘re about to get a new follower since I showed her your post. 😊 1y
LondElle89 @GarthRanzz oh I missed out on that special! Glad to see fellow Persephone books lovers out there! 1y
catebutler One of my absolute favourite publishers. Love your collection of their classics! 1y
LondElle89 @catebutler thank you so much. They are a great company, they have introduced me to soooo many new authors 1y
Reviewsbylola Beautiful collection! I just finished Someone at a Distance and loved it. I also enjoyed and Pettigrew! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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#cryinshame at the fact that I have so many Persephones and have maybe read 4-5 of them (reading the tagged book now). I really need to remedy that ASAP. #marchintooz #persephone

Redy2trvl ❤️ Shelf envy!! I only own 3 #Persephone books. 1y
Wilkie A thing of beauty is a joy forever! 1y
Kalalalatja Total #shelfenvy 😍😍 1y
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Cinfhen Niiice @Wilkie 😍😍and what a lovely dilemma 1y
Chrissyreadit What are Persephone books? 1y
Booksnchill Oh my word- book design porn indeed!!🤩 1y
Reviewsbylola They are a publisher in England that publish out of print books that are either by female authors or focus heavily on female characters. 1y
LeahBergen I‘m crying in shame with you (and so is my shelf of unread Persephones). 😆 1y
emilyhaldi I want to try and read 1 a month! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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My kids have INSISTED that daddy put them to bed for the last few nights, so I shamefully admit that I‘ve taken more baths than is reasonable or necessary. And here I am with tonight‘s #bathandbook. I started this last night before bed and quickly sped through the first 100 pages. It is excellent. Another #Persephone that I wish I had gotten to sooner!

daena Loved that book, so good! 💚 1y
Mdargusch Nice! 1y
emilyhaldi Love this book!!! Also, looking at that face mask I can only hear Flo in my head saying “get the CARROOOOTTTTTTS, get the CARROOTTTTTTSSSSSS!!!” 😆😆😆 1y
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LeahBergen I have this book waiting on my shelf (and now I‘m off to do a sheet mask 😆). 1y
Reviewsbylola She was in bed for this luckily. 😆 @emilyhaldi 1y
Reviewsbylola I hope you get to this book soon. I think you would love it! @LeahBergen 1y
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emilyhaldi
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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The characters are forced to learn many #hardlessons in this story of the slow destruction of a marriage and family. Avery & Ellen North have an idyllic life in a small English village with their 2 children until Louise arrives and slowly turns everything on its head. No one is unaffected by the devastation caused but the hardest lessons learned are by Louise and Avery and the misperception of lust for love💞 Highly recommend!
#awesomeautumnbooks

DebReads4fun Great review! 2y
Mdargusch Stacking 2y
batsy Lovely cover! Is that a Persephone? I'd always assumed their covers were the plain grey. 2y
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Cinfhen Gorgeous cover, lovely review 💕 2y
Reviewsbylola They have a collection of maybe ten titles that have beautiful covers like this! I'll have to take a picture of mine. @batsy 2y
Reviewsbylola I think I own this but I'm not sure. 2y
batsy @Reviewsbylola Ah, that's so lovely! They should do more of these covers 😍 2y
Suet624 Great review! 2y
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LaviniaG
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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Having a hard time choosing my next read :| #persephonebooks

BarbaraBB What is your native language (I can't read the title of the third book!)? (edited) 2y
LaviniaG @BarbaraBB it's Romanian. The title says "Happiness is a safety pin". 2y
Jess_Read_This We must be mutual friends based on those Viragos and Persephones alone!! 😍😍😍 Gorgeous book haul! 2y
LaviniaG @Jess_Read_This we must, then! Thank you! 2y
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emilyhaldi
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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I discovered this #Persephone book on my shelves yesterday and have no idea when I received or where it came from? 🤔 Either way, I'm only 20 pages in and loving Whipple's style of writing. And old, rigid Mrs. North reminds me just a little bit of my Grandmother 😂❤️

Cinfhen Like your avo toast 🥑😊 2y
Jess_Read_This *sigh* Persephone books are just the prettiest! 2y
ReadingEnvy Maybe you have book elves! 2y
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Reviewsbylola Mystery books are a fun surprise. I think I have this one! 2y
SilversReviews Love the photo. 2y
Mdargusch Grandma😂I will add this to my stack. 2y
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prosel
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden

"...Ellen couldn't have come into gentler company. There was no avid curiosity, no malicious speculation, no self-congratulation that such a thing couldn't happen to them, as there might have been among younger women. These women were old, time had softened them, they had learnt something from loss, helplessness, loneliness; they knew that almost anything can happen to anybody. They were kinder than when they were young."

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Bambolina_81
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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I love Persephone books and today I received my biannual magazine and bookmark 😊 You can't beat independent publishers who are so welcoming when you visit!

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vivjm
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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£6.85 for all these! I love charity shops :-). I am so taken with this Persephone books edition of Dorothy Whipple - it looks & feels gorgeous! Must seek out more from this publisher. #persephonebooks

TrishB 😀 3y
tricours Not bad! 3y
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Lakesidemusing
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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"These women were old, time had softened them, they had learned something from loss, helplessness, and loneliness; they knew almost anything can happen to anybody. They were kinder than when they were young." #greatquote #somethingforsept

Lacythebookworm I love Persephone editions ❤️❤️ 3y
Lakesidemusing @Lacythebookworm I've never read a Persephone I didn't love!💕 3y
Chrisbookarama I love this book! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Texreader So darned true. 3y
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Wilkie
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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Pickpick

Excellent! I love how Dorothy Whipple writes women. They are brave, flawed and real. #persephonebooks

LeahBergen 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
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Wilkie
Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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Old Mrs. North's husband had spoilt her, but now he was dead and her three children married, no one spoilt her any more. She didn't come first with anybody and she didn't like that.

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! Please enjoy your stay 😎👍🏻. 3y
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