A classic from one of Britain's most loved and highly acclaimed novelists, and the subject of a critically acclaimed biography, The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne.
A writer from the age of sixteen, Barbara Pym has been acclaimed as 'the most underrated writer of the century' (Philip Larkin). Pym's substantial reputation evolved through the publication of six novels from 1950 to 1961, then resumed in 1977 with the publication of Quartet in Autumn and three other novels. She died in 1980. She is the subject of a critically acclaimed biography, The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne.
Barbara Pym's unpretentious, subtle, accomplished novels . . . are
for me the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in
England during the past 75 years...spectacular * Sunday Times *
Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour * The Times *
The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen * Harpers & Queen *
Very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity * Financial Times *
A spare masterpiece of loneliness in retirement * Telegraph *
Quartet in Autumn is immeasurably her finest work of fiction * Evening Standard *
An alert miniaturist ... her novels have a distinctive flavour, as instantly recognisable as lapsang tea * Daily Telegraph *
No novelist brings more telling observation or more gentle pleasure. -- Jilly Cooper