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"Beneath the gentle surfaces of [Pym's] novels is a slow-building comedy, salt wit in a saline drip. . . . Her work offers the reassurance that we are all as bad and as good, as prickly and as resilient, as any Evensong attendee. It is a useful gratification in grating times." --The New York Times

"A startling reminder that solitude may be chosen and that a lively, full novel can be constructed entirely within the precincts of that regressive virtue, feminine patience." --John Updike, The New Yorker

"Reading Barbara Pym is . . . a wonderful experience, full of unduplicable perceptions, sensations, and soul-stirrings." --Newsweek

"[One of] the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years." --Lord David Cecil

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One of the finest examples of high comedy - Lord David Cecil

I don't think I've ever before recommended a novel as one that everybody will enjoy and yet - even with a certain assurance - I'm prepared to vouch for EXCELLENT WOMEN - Marghanita Laski, OBSERVER

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844084515
  • Publisher: Virago (20 December 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CUXSCY
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