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Barbara Pym (1913-80) was born in Shropshire and educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. When in 1977 the TLS asked critics to name the most underrated authors of the past 75 years, only one was named twice (by Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil): Barbara Pym. Her novels are characterised by what Anne Tyler has called 'the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life'.

Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on Barbara Pym...

This choice is in part in memory of my mother, who loved Pym (and Jane Austen) and who shared her with me. Pym has a wicked eye for the small things, and creates a world in which the minutiae of life really matters to the characters, as it does to us all. I love her clergymen and her worried, well-meaning ladies. Her great gift was to make us smile with, not at, the quiet absurdity of life.

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If you like Barbara Pym you might also like to read books by Alexander McCall Smith.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Barbara Pym

Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
Less Than Angels
Barbara Pym
Little Brown have re-launched the Barbara Pym novels with introductions from popular authors such as Alexander McCall Smith and with this one Salley Vickers. We re so glad her novels are being given a facelift as they are hugely enjoyable,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2010
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Excellent Women
Barbara Pym
July 2011 Guest Editor Alexander McCall Smith on Excellent Women... Barbara Pym has been described as the Jane Austen of our times, and I would concur with this view. She created a whole world of people living rather mousy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009

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