The Barbara Pym Collection Volume Two: Less Than Angels and No Fond Return of Love #ad - Less than angels: in a story that explores the mating habits of humans, magazine writer Catherine Oliphant lives comfortably with anthropologist Tom Mallow—until he announces he’s leaving her for a nineteen-year-old student. Though stunned by the betrayal, Catherine becomes fascinated by another anthropologist: a reclusive eccentric recently returned from Africa.
Her friend viola is enamored with a handsome editor, who in turn has eyes for Dulcie’s young niece. Of course, that doesn’t stop her from meddling in the romantic lives of others. Two literary romantic novels from the New York Times–bestselling author of Excellent Women.
The Barbara Pym Collection Volume One: A Glass of Blessings, Some Tame Gazelle, and Jane and PrudenceOpen Road Media #ad - Jane has the perfect husband in mind. Driven by a fantasy of romance, the sheltered, naïve Englishwoman sets out to seduce Piers—only to discover that he isn’t the man she thinks he is. What follows is a delightfully trenchant story of manners, morals, family, and female bonding that redefines the social novel for a new generation.
Prudence lives in london, career-minded and fiercely independent—until Jane decides she should be married. Meanwhile belinda’s more confident younger sister, Harriet, is herself pursued by an Italian count whose proposals of marriage are always graciously declined. No wonder eudora welty called her work “sheer delight” and the New York Times raved, “her entire canon is a treat.
A glass of blessings: wilmet forsyth is bored with her everyday routine: teatimes, Rodney, local gossip, even with her husband, a civil servant who dotes on her. Piers longridge is a mystery Wilmet is determined to solve. But it’s a new arrival in their midst who has everyone talking. Shy, sensible belinda has been secretly in love with the married archdeacon of their church for thirty years.
The Barbara Pym Collection Volume One: A Glass of Blessings, Some Tame Gazelle, and Jane and Prudence #ad - Three comedies of manners set in postwar England by the New York Times–bestselling author of Excellent Women and “the rarest of treasures” Anne Tyler. Often characterized as the twentieth-century literary heiress to jane austen, ” Barbara Pym explored female friendship and the quiet yearnings of British middle-class life—not the least of which, and heralded by Phillip Larkin as “the most underrated novelist of the century, unrequited love—with sharp wit and deep compassion for her characters.
An Unsuitable Attachment BelloBello #ad - There is mark ainger, the vicar, who introduces his sermons with remarks like ‘Those of you who are familiar with the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. His wife sophia with her cat, ‘i feel sometimes that I can’t reach Faustina as I’ve reached other cats. Rupert stonebird, anthropologist and eligible bachelor.
Set in st basil’s, an undistinguished North London parish, An Unsuitable Attachment is indeed full of the high comedy for which Barbara Pym is famed. The sharp-tongue mervyn cantrell, chief librarian, who complains that ‘when books have things spilt on them it is always bottled sauce or gravy of the thickest and most repellent kind rather than something utterly exquisite and delicious.
An Unsuitable Attachment Bello #ad - There is also daisy pettigrew, the vet’s sister, another obsessional cat person, and Sister Dew who bears a strong resemblance to Sister Blatt in Excellent Women. The well-bred ianthe broome who works at the library and forms an unsuitable attachment with a young man there.
Quartet in AutumnPlume #ad - Lovingly, satirically and with much humour, poignantly, Pym conducts us through their small lives and the facade they erect to defend themselves against the outside world. Barbara pym's sensitive wit and artistry are at their most sparkling in "Quartet in Autumn". An exquisite, even magnificent work of art" - observer"'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"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 .
Quartet in Autumn #ad - . Spectacular" - sunday times"very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity" - Financial Times. There is nevertheless an obstinate optimism in her characters, allowing them in their different ways to win through to a kind of hope. Shortlisted for the 1977 booker prizethis is the story of four people in late middle-age - Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia - whose chief point of contact is that they work in the same office and they suffer the same problem - loneliness.
The Sweet Dove Died BelloBello #ad - Between the amorous antique dealer Humphrey and his good-looking nephew James glides the magnificent Leonora, delicate as porcelain, cool as ice. The critics who have recently insisted on Miss Pym's too long neglected gifts have not been wrong' Financial Times. Or ned, the wicked american? 'a highly distinctive and - ultimately - charitable novel' Financial Times 'Faultless' Guardian 'Her Characters are all meticulously impaled on the delicate pins of a wit that is as scrupulous as it is deadly' Observer 'A coldly funny book' Sunday Telegraph 'Highly distinctive.
The Sweet Dove Died Bello #ad - Can she keep james in her thrall? Or will he be taken from her by a lover, like Phoebe.
A Few Green Leaves BelloBello #ad - With warmth, humour, precision and great vividness, she gave her best characters an independent life we recognise as totally familiar. The result is a compelling portrait of a town that seems to be forgotten by time, but which is unmistakably affected by it. Through her eyes barbara pym examines in her own ironic and individual style the quiet revolution in English village life, combining the rural settings of her earliest novels with the themes and characters of her later works.
A Few Green Leaves Bello #ad - Barbara pym was an incomparable chronicler of ordinary, quiet lives. Romance shares the pages with death in this engaging novel that is the culmination of Barbara Pym's acclaimed writing career. In a few green leaves, her heroine is Emma Howick, her last novel, anthropologist. I could go on reading her for ever' a l rowse, punch 'a vivid sense of how we live now' New Statesman 'Her sense of brilliant comedy is a direct inheritance from Jane Austen' Hibernia 'A beautifully written, very delicate comedy' The Times Literary Supplement.
Some Tame Gazelle: A Novel Virago Modern ClassicsOpen Road Media #ad - Shy, sensible belinda has been secretly in love with Henry Hoccleve—the poetry-spouting, married archdeacon of their church—for thirty years. With its vibrant supporting cast, it’s also a poignant story of unrequited love. . Although she has turned down every marriageable man who proposes, Harriet still welcomes any new curate with dinner parties and flirtatious conversation.
Belinda and harriet Bede live together in a small English village. A novel of two sisters in postwar england that lets you “step into the Jane Austen–like lives of Harriet and Belinda Bede” The Christian Science Monitor. And one of the newest arrivals, the reverend Edgar Donne, has everyone talking.
Some Tame Gazelle: A Novel Virago Modern Classics #ad - A warm, affectionate depiction of a postwar English village, Some Tame Gazelle perfectly captures the quotidian details that make up everyday life. Belinda’s much more confident, meanwhile, forthright younger sister Harriet, is ardently pursued by Count Ricardo Bianco.
Crampton HodnetCoffeetown Press #ad - It was first published posthumously in 1987, thanks to her friend and biographer, Hazel Holt. His lie is harmless. The town gossips witness an impulsive declaration of love between Francis Cleveland and Miss Bird and conclude that Mr. Cleveland is willing to sacrifice marriage and respectability for the sake of passion.
In this town appearances are much more deceiving. Latimer clumsily refers to a nonexistent town: Crampton Hodnet. Barbara pym began writing Crampton Hodnet in 1939. He has a complaisant wife and an adoring pupil, a dangerous midlife combination. Miss doggett’s nephew, Mr. Stephen latimer, the new cleric and Miss Doggett’s dashing new tenant, upsets the balance for Miss Morrow by proposing the long discounted possibility of marriage.
Crampton Hodnet #ad - Life has a certain reassuring if not terribly exciting rhythm for the residents of North Oxford. Caught in a potentially compromising situation with Miss Morrow, Mr. Miss morrow is content in her position as spinster companion to Miss Doggett, even if her employer and the woman’s social circle regard her as a piece of furniture.
Francis cleveland, is a handsome, middle-aged professor not destined for greatness in his field.
Jane and Prudence: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Jane has the perfect husband in mind for her former pupil: a widower named Fabian Driver. Jane cleveland and prudence Bates were close friends at Oxford University, but now live very different lives. The author of excellent women explores female friendship and the quiet yearnings of British middle-class life—a literary delight for fans of Jane Austen.
Prudence, a year shy of thirty, has an office job, lives in London, and is self-sufficient and fiercely independent—until Jane decides her friend should be married. What follows is a witty, family, morals, trenchant story of manners, delightful, and female bonding that redefines the social novel for a new generation.
Jane and Prudence: A Novel #ad - . But there are other women vying for Fabian’s attention. And pru is nursing her own highly inappropriate desire for her older, married, and seemingly oblivious employer, Dr. Forty-one-year-old jane lives in the country, is married to a vicar, has a daughter she adores, and lives a very proper life in a very proper English parish.
Less Than Angels: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - . Though stunned by tom’s betrayal, Alaric Lydgate, Catherine quickly becomes fascinated by another anthropologist, a reclusive eccentric recently returned from Africa. With a lively cast of characters and a witty look at the insular world of academia, this novel from the much-loved author of Excellent Women and other modern classics is filled with poignant, playful observations about the traits that separate us from our anthropological forebears—far fewer than we may imagine.
Less Than Angels: A Novel #ad - Catherine oliphant writes for women’s magazines and lives comfortably with anthropologist Tom Mallow—although she’s starting to wonder if they’ll ever get married. As catherine starts to weigh her options, she must figure out who she is and what she really wants. Then tom drops his bombshell: He’s leaving her for a nineteen-year-old student.
A tale of a woman’s romantic entanglements with two anthropologists—and the odd mating habits of humans—from the author of Jane and Prudence.
Excellent Women Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics #ad - The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years, ' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work. Excellent women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels.
Mildred lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a spinster in the England of the 1950s, one of those 'excellent women' who tend to get involved in other people's lives - such as those of her new neighbor, Rockingham, and the vicar next door. This is barbara Pym's world at its funniest.