The Whicharts
Published: 1931

Synopsis:

She never doubted for one moment that once she had the necessary training she would find the work. She knew with her whole being that she was a born mechanic. In what way she would have a chance to prove this she didn’t know, but her prayers always finished: “And oh God, if possible, let me fly".

1920s London: three adopted sisters train for the stage and support the household.

Maimie, Tania and Daisy Whichart have self-reliance thrust upon them. The Whicharts is the story of their dreams, friendships and loves. The drudgery of stage-work is set against their passion for family ties and realising their dreams.

Out of print since the 1930s, Noel Streatfeild's rare first novel is an exuberant portrayal of London cultural life in the inter-war years.

Streatfeild used parts of this first novel to develop the classic 'Ballet Shoes'.

First Edition

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