Excellent Women

Barbara Pym

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Virago
2 June 2022
ISBN: 9780349016078
Paperback
304 pages

From the publisher

INTRODUCED BY ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH

‘I’m a huge fan of Barbara Pym’ RICHARD OSMAN

Mildred Lathbury is one of those excellent women who are often taken for granted. She is a godsend, ‘capable of dealing with most of the stock situations or even the great moments of life – birth, marriage, death, the successful jumble sale, the garden fête spoilt by bad weather’. Her glamorous new neighbours, the Napiers, seem to be facing a marital crisis. One cannot take sides in these matters, though it is tricky, especially as Mildred has a soft spot for dashing young Rockingham Napier. This is Barbara Pym’s world at its funniest and most touching.

‘One of the most endearingly amusing English novels of the twentieth century’ ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

‘Barbara Pym is the rarest of treasures; she reminds us of the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life’ ANNE TYLER

‘Why shouldn’t the lives of cardigan-wearing spinsters and fussy confirmed bachelors be the engines of some of the finest comic writing in English? Not only was Pym a comic genius but she was ever so wise’ THE TIMES