Literary Locations #75: Newstead Abbey

Literary Locations #75: Newstead Abbey

In the rolling acres of Robin Hood country, along a mile and a quarter of tree-lined road, is Newstead Abbey, surrounded by woodland, lakes, waterfalls and walled gardens. The Augustinian priory was built by Henry II, between 1163 and 1173, to atone for the murder of...
My Summer With Dorothy Part 7: High Wages

My Summer With Dorothy Part 7: High Wages

I was so certain that High Wages was going to be a Cinderella-style story that I’d begun to formulate my review before I was even 100 pages in. ‘Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella tale?’ I was going to say. ‘With High Wages Whipple has taken Cinderella and relocated...
My Summer With Dorothy Part 6: They Knew Mr Knight

My Summer With Dorothy Part 5: Greenbanks

The house was called Greenbanks, but there was no green to be seen today; all the garden was deep in snow’. Dorothy Whipple’s 1932 novel (republished by Persephone Books in 2011) Greenbanks begins with a deceptive sense of calm. ‘Snow muffled the old house…and made it...