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Barbara Pym (1913-1980) was a bestselling and award-winning English novelist. Her first book, Some Tame Gazelle (1950), launched her career as a writer beloved for her social comedies of class and manners.

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Jane and Prudence: A Novel
by Barbara Pym
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.   Jane Cleveland and Prudence Bates were close friends at Oxford University, but now live very different lives. Forty-one-year-old Jane lives in the country, is married to a...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
Civil to Strangers and Other Writings
by Barbara Pym
Thanks to his wife’s money, Adam Marsh-Gibbon leads a charmed life writing poetry and novels celebrated mostly by his fellow residents in the town of Up Callow in Shropshire, England. His lovely wife Cassandra caters to his every whim, although perhaps not as enthusiastically as five years earlier, when she first married her handsome...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
Crampton Hodnet
by Barbara Pym
Life has a certain reassuring if not terribly exciting rhythm for the residents of North Oxford. 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. Stephen Latimer, the new cleric and Miss Doggett’s dashing new tenant...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
A Glass of Blessings: A Novel
by Barbara Pym
Barbara Pym’s early novel takes us into 1950s England, as seen through the funny, engaging, yearning eyes of a restless housewife Wilmet Forsyth is bored. Bored with the everyday routine of her life. Bored with teatimes filled with local gossip. Bored with her husband, Rodney, a civil servant who dotes on her. But on her...
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Categories: Classic Fiction; Literary Fiction
Some Tame Gazelle: A Novel (Virago Modern Classics)
by Barbara Pym
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 ). Belinda and Harriet Bede live together in a small English village. Shy, sensible Belinda has been secretly in love with Henry Hoccleve—the poetry-spouting, married...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
No Fond Return of Love: A Novel
by Barbara Pym
Three lonely people come together in this poignant, witty novel of star-crossed romance from the New York Times –bestselling author of Jane and Prudence .   After being jilted by her fiancé, Dulcie Mainwaring despairs of ever finding true love. For a distraction, she goes to a publishing conference, where she meets Viola Dace...
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Categories: All Women's Fiction; Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Less Than Angels: A Novel
by Barbara Pym
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 . 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. Then Tom...
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Categories: All Humor; All Romance; Literary Fiction
Quartet in Autumn: Picador Classic
by Barbara Pym
With an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith One did not drink sherry before the evening, just as one did not read a novel in the morning. In 1970s London Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia work in the same office and suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly and with delightful humour, Pym conducts us through their...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
The Barbara Pym Cookbook
by Hilary Pym, Honor Wyatt
Barbara Pym’s sister Hilary teams with cookbook author Honor Wyatt to bring together this mouthwatering collection of family recipes, memories, and anecdotes drawn from Pym’s diaries and letters, as well her most acclaimed novels Straight from the kitchen of Barbara Pym, this winning cookbook delivers a delectable treat for...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Regional & International Cooking
An Academic Question
by Barbara Pym
Caro is the wife of Dr. Alan Grimstone, a lecturer at a provincial university in a West Country town in England. She knows her circle believes that she should be doing more with her life. She is the mother of a young daughter but relieved to be able to leave the girl in the care of an au pair. Her one selfless act—reading aloud to a...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
Quartet in Autumn (Plume)
by Barbara Pym
Shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize This 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. Lovingly, poignantly, satirically and with much humour, Pym conducts us through their small lives...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Excellent Women (Penguin Classics)
by Barbara Pym
Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. 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....
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Categories: Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
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