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A Glass Of Blessings by Barbara Pym, John Bayley


A Glass Of Blessings by Barbara Pym, John Bayley

Wilmet Forsyth is well dressed, well looked after, suitably husbanded, good looking and fairly young - but very bored. Her husband Rodney, a handsome army major, is slightly balder and fatter than he once was. Wilmet would like to think she has changed rather less. Her interest wanders to the nearby Anglo-catholic church, where at last she can neglect her comfortable household in the more serious-minded company of three unmarried priests, and, of course, Piers Longridge, a man of an unfathomably different character altogether.


My favourite writer . . . I pick up her books with joy, as though I were meeting an old, dear friend who comforts me, extends my vision and makes me roar with laughter * Jilly Cooper * Barbara Pym is the rarest of treasures * Anne Tyler * [Pym] makes me smile, laugh out loud, consider my own foibles and fantasies, and above all, suffer real regret when I reach the final page. Of how many authors can you honestly say that? * Mavis Cheek * The subtlest of her books - the sparkle on first acquaintance has been succeeded by the deeper brilliance of established art * Philip Larkin *

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

3rd December 2009


Barbara Pym, John Bayley

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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


288 pages


Classic fiction (pre c 1945)



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