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Your mother !

I wonder if, whilst you were describing Dorothy Whipple's life, you realised that you could just as easily have exchanged her name for your own !!!!

a simple yarn

Your description of Dorothy's life puts me in mind of LM Montgomery, who wrote such sunny, uplifting novels and who herself was subject to bouts of depression and had to tend to a husband who suffered from mental illness. Just goes to show that a person's circumstances don't necessarily dictate what he/she can do.

Great comment from your mum, by the way.

adele geras

Thanks so much for quoting that bit of Whipple...very encouraging. She sounds like such a lovely woman. And it comes over in her books, I reckon.

adele geras

Thanks so much for quoting that bit of Whipple...very encouraging. She sounds like such a lovely woman. And it comes over in her books, I reckon.

Tara

This sounds fascinating, but I'm afraid to look at the price it commands on the used book market.

Danielle

This sounds like a great book. I wonder if I can get it through interlibrary loan. I have not yet read any of her novels, though I have a couple on hand, and this makes me want to go and grab one off the shelf right now! So sad to think she didn't have a lot of confidence in her abilities--even though she was quite popular.

Claire

I wonder if Perth library have it in their dungeon. Perhaps Persephone would like to re-print it. It would make a great companion to her novels. I'll e mail them suggesting that they read your post!

Loretta

I can certainly understand where Whipple was coming from. I took 7 years off to raise my children and during that time, I returned to the writing I had left behind after college.

Soon, I was the head room mother and vice president of the PTA. I was president and held various offices of The Garden Club. I was a Girl Scout leader and taught Sunday School. I had numerous book clubs, loads of friends, went thrifting often, and always had large parties for my children at the end of term. Plus, we lived across the country for family and we visited back and forth frequently.

Time fills all vacuums.

Unfortunately, that is all I hold in common with Whipple as my 4 novels are still unfinished.

If only I had the clarity I have now about focus. But then again, I had a lovely time and developed interests that I have to this day.

As for Rooney writing her novel during her short lunch breaks as a lawyer - I'll have to write her and ask her how she managed to get ANY lunch breaks as a lawyer!

LOL!

Linda Gillard

That quotation (advice to writers) is soooo true! I shall copy it onto a bookmark and keep it to hand for the next time I feel creatively crippled by the excellence (or indeed the lucrative mediocrity) of someone else's writing.

Nicola

I really want to read Random Commentary, now. I'll try inter-library loans. Great post, Karen.

Louise

I haven't had much time for Dorothy Whipple in the past, but your post has encouraged me to try again, and I loved the passage you quoted. It's sage advice not only for writers, but for anyone who has a (thwarted) creative nature.

Simon T

I was really lucky to come across this in a secondhand bookshop in Cornwall, along with her childhood memoir The Other Day. Still haven't read either... can still see my Dad rolling his eyes as I fell on them squawking "I've been looking for these for ages!"

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