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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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#persephonebookclub 4day break in beautiful bath with best friend & the twins they‘re becoming regulars in the Persephone bookshop & the festival was on so it was very busy . Yes we left with bags of books 📚 so many to choose from ! @LeahBergen which is your favourite ❤️?

CarolynM I‘m envious! 23h
Gissy 🤩📚❤️❤️❤️ 20h
LeahBergen Lucky you!! 😍 16h
jlhammar Lovely! Sounds wonderful. 14h
quietjenn Ah, wish I were there! 14h
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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I didn‘t love this one, a low pick for me. I didn‘t feel much sympathy for anyone besides Ruth, Carrie and, to a lesser extent, Mrs Knight. I guess it was a good illustration of the dangers, both practical and moral, of getting into debt. I was impressed, once again, by the apparent ease with which a young woman could write and publish a novel 😆

Tamra Right? Writing & publishing was a snap! 2d
LeahBergen Hang on a mo‘ … just off to write a book. 🤣 2d
Cathythoughts Yes , getting into debt must cause terrible stresses and consequences . Sorry this one wasn‘t for you. I did enjoy it. X (edited) 1d
CarolynM @Tamra @LeahBergen Just dash it off, no need for rewrites or editing, you‘ll be right😉 23h
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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A reread for me. I did start reading , then watched the movie on YouTube which was brilliant. I‘ve dipped in and out sinse… I don‘t think Dorothy Whipple could ever disappoint. I loved the characters , the villain and all ! Loved it ♥️ #PersephoneClub

Tamra A movie?! I will check for it. 😃 3d
Cathythoughts @Tamra Oh do ! It‘s perfect , I think anyway. ❤️ 3d
Cathythoughts @Tamra It was @Bookbuyingaddict who recommended the movie. Made in 1946 ! Imagine ! 3d
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EverydayImReading @cathythoughts Sounds intriguing. I might check out the movie. Great review Cathy ❤️ 3d
Cathythoughts @EverydayImReading Thanks Sinead 😘 3d
jlhammar Excited to watch the movie once I‘ve finished! 3d
daena I will also be watching the movie once I finish reading! This is my second Whipple and she really doesn‘t disappoint. 3d
andrew61 Great review, Cathy. I wasn't aware of a film , ill try and find it but inevitably doubt that seeing the characters on screen will match my imagination. Mr knight has a Cape , is twirling his moustache , and laughing maniacally as he counts his money. 3d
LeahBergen Lovely review, Cathy. And it definitely looks like spring in your part of the world! 😍 2d
Cathythoughts @jlhammer oh good 👍🏻❤️ 1d
Cathythoughts @daena She‘s a lovely writer , isn‘t she. ❤️ 1d
Cathythoughts @andrew61 Loving your description of Mr Knight 😂 1d
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Yes , Spring has sprung. Now if we could just find a way to keep the sun from disappearing again 😁 1d
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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My 5th whipple, + there is something comforting abt life in middle class 1920s England. Her characters are v well drawn, evoking the conflicting emotions in families as aging, trust, + ambition create the perfect soup of a novel, + of course a perfect villain.
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Tamra Yes, it is a comfort read despite the villainy! 😊 5d
LeahBergen Great review! And that looks like the wine Mr Knight should be drinking. 😉 4d
jlhammar April has been flying by! Hope to devote some time to this tomorrow. 3d
Cathythoughts Yes. Great review! The perfect villain indeed 👍🏻♥️ 3d
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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Such a classic tale of human virtue & vice. 😇😈 It was a tad slow going in the middle, but gained momentum on the other side.

Oh, I feel Celia‘s longing for Field Place. #PersphoneClub

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Tamra Mr. Greene, such a decent person despite the hen pecking. 💚 5d
LeahBergen And Mr. Greene had Mrs. Greene worrying a bit when he finally stood up to her. 👏👏 5d
LeahBergen I want a Field Place, too. 😆 5d
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jlhammar I‘ve barely made a dent in this. April has been too busy! I‘ve enjoyed what I‘ve read so far. Looking forward to some good reading time to finish the month. 3d
Tamra @jlhammar life gets in the way of reading. 😏 3d
Cathythoughts Field Place ♥️ 3d
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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Dorothy Whipple is always an enjoyable read and this one was no exception. As the afterword states, it‘s a “comforting middle-class drama” but I also found it quite suspenseful due to the titular villain, Mr. Knight. It had the feel of a 1930s Rosamunde Pilcher, if that makes sense? 😆

What did you think, #PersephoneClub ?


CarolynM I‘m finding it a bit hard to get into. Probably more about me than the book. 1w
Cathythoughts I did really love it, and got totally caught up in the story. This would be a reread for me. But I confess to watching the film and then slacking off on the reread … I‘m dipping in and out ❤️ and Yes , definitely suspenseful due to Mr Knight ! (edited) 1w
andrew61 I enjoyed it as well, leah. The characters are all well drawn including the villainous mr knight. You can't go wrong with dorothy. 1w
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daena I‘m moving slow, because life. But enjoying it nonetheless. Very intrigued by Mr.Knight, and even more so now by his villany! 7d
Tamra I‘m still in the middle and enjoying it. She fleshes out her characters well and there is a bit of a snarky undertone I appreciate. It isn‘t an entirely a cozy domestic novel. 7d
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind, as usual. 😏 7d
LeahBergen @CarolynM I hope it improves for you but if not, oh well! We should enjoy our reading. 😘 7d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to setting some time aside to check out the film! 7d
LeahBergen @andrew61 Yes! Her characters really are so well-drawn. 7d
LeahBergen @daena My life‘s been a bit intrusive into my reading time lately, too. 😆 7d
LeahBergen @Tamra It‘s a tad cozy in setting but I felt dread from the beginning. 😆 7d
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads 😆 Oh, well! 7d
quietjenn I'm with @rubyslippersreads and @daena and have quit a bit left to go! 6d
LeahBergen @quietjenn It‘s a bit of a Persephone chunkster! 6d
Aimeesue Still working my way through this one. I do love Whipple, but I‘m stuck in the cloister with the reluctant nun! Both are gripping me at different times! 6d
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Haha! You‘ll have to share your reading time between the two, I guess. 😆 4d
jlhammar I‘m not very far in, but enjoying it so far. Eager to get back to it. My April reading has not been going to plan! Will hopefully still finish by the end of the month. 3d
LeahBergen @jlhammar Mine hasn‘t been going as planned either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3d
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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Each time I pick up this book to read I think of Mr. Greene.😭

“‘Unfortunately, it was a moment of sanity. All the rest seems madness to me.‘” #Perspephoneclub

andrew61 Yes, especially being married to the dreadful Mrs greene. 1w
LeahBergen I had to come back here to comment as I just read that part this afternoon! “I watch you from the upstairs windows”. Eek! 😱 I was cringing with secondhand embarrassment. 🤣 1w
Tamra @andrew61 yikes, yes! 1w
Tamra @LeahBergen 🫢 I felt so badly for him, but at the same time if I were Celia I‘d feel a tad weirded out afterwards ever being outside or standing in the window. 1w
LeahBergen Exactly! 1w
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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CarolynM Long gone here, and I don‘t think I recognised it in the moment😆 1w
willaful @CarolynM We never do... 1w
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LeahBergen @CarolynM @willaful @daena Nope. We sure don‘t! 1w
Cathythoughts Agreed @CarolynM we don‘t believe it at the time .. 1w
Cathythoughts Yes fleeting beauty ❤️ I‘m enjoying my laughter lines 😂 it‘s the only way to go. X 1w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying mine as well! 😆 1w
andrew61 Great quote leah, it goes so well with the opening image of her in bed admiring her hands. I also like how celia's awareness of her aging is at the same time as freda is just becoming aware of herself. 1w
LeahBergen @andrew61 That‘s so true, Andrew. And there‘s also a touch of sadness in how much Celia is willing to sacrifice to ensure that Freda enjoys her youth, isn‘t there? 1w
andrew61 @LeahBergen, yes, freda is a bit of a madam. But I loved Ruth and Douglas. 1w
Tamra @LeahBergen @andrew61 aligns with Celia‘s rumination how the youthful pursuit of self is subsumed by real life once children enter the picture. 5d
LeahBergen @Tamra It does, doesn‘t it? 4d
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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Yes, I think I have just found my drink of choice," barley wine, bovril, black beer, and port." I wonder if I could substitute marmite as I don't think I've had bovril since I don't know when.
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rubyslippersreads Sounds awful, but maybe there‘s enough alcohol that you wouldn‘t care. 🤢🤷‍♀️ 1w
Cathythoughts Sounds like strong stuff in every way. Let us know if you make some up .. might be just the tonic we all need 😁 🙈 1w
Bookbuyingaddict @andrew61 🤣🤣 I do love ❤️ marmite and port . My gran use to have strange concoctions like these 🤢 1w
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LeahBergen 😆😆 1w
CarolynM I think I‘ll pass🤢 1w
daena That sounds brutal 1w
Aimeesue Oh dear. At least it‘s pewer! 😂 6d
Rissreads 🤮🤣 3d
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A Tangled Web | Mercedes Lackey
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I really enjoyed this! I learned a little bit about mythology, as well. I‘m sure I knew some of this at some point, but most of what I once knew I‘ve forgotten! It‘s a short story, so it‘s fairly quick to read