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Further reading about the women novelists discussed at our last meeting.

MURIEL HINE (1874-1949)
Born Nottingham, daughter of architect George Hine and his wife Florence Deane Cooper. Lived at ‘Simla Villa’ 73, Raleigh Street. Family moved to London in the 1880s and Muriel married cricketer Sidney William Coxon, thereafter living in Chelsea, London. More than thirty novels which often challenge women’s options in life.
Hine’s ‘Lacingham’  (Nottingham) novels:
A  Great Adventure 1939 – based on her childhood
Wild Rye 1931 and its sequel Jenny Rorke 1932 – feature the T. C. Hine family home corner Oxford St. and Regent St. in The Park.
Other titles worth chasing:
Earth 1912
The Prodigal Daughter 1942
The Island Forbidden to Man 1946
The Man with the Double Heart 1914
Hine also wrote plays and song lyrics. Her novel The Best in Life was made into the film ‘Fifth Avenue Models’.

Note: this handout, compiled for Notts. Libraries Readers’ Day 2016, is by no means complete. The reader is encouraged to find out more!  Rowena Edlin-White ©


Born Blackburn, 1893, daughter of architect Walter Stirrup. Married Henry Whipple in 1917 and they moved to Nottingham in 1924 when he became Director of Education. Lived at 35, Ebers Road and rented a cottage in the grounds of Newstead Abbey which inspired one of her novels. Twenty novels and short stories were serialised in magazines before published in book form, many becoming best-sellers. On Henry’s retirement they moved near Kettering; when he died in 1958 she returned to Blackburn, where she died in 1966. All but one of her novels (Someone at a Distance) are set in ‘Trentham’ – Nottingham or its environs.
Thankfully, most of Whipple’s fiction has been reissued by Persephone Books.  They include:
They Knew Mr Knight 1934 – made into a film in 1946
The Priory 1939 – inspired by Newstead Abbey
High Wages 1932
Greenbanks 1932
They Were Sisters 1943
The Other Day 1950
Random Commentary 1966