. Can she keep james in her thrall? Or will he be taken from her by a lover, like Phoebe. Between the amorous antique dealer Humphrey and his good-looking nephew James glides the magnificent Leonora, delicate as porcelain, cool as ice.
A Few Green Leaves BelloBello #ad - Romance shares the pages with death in this engaging novel that is the culmination of Barbara Pym's acclaimed writing career. 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.
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. The result is a compelling portrait of a town that seems to be forgotten by time, but which is unmistakably affected by it.
A Few Green Leaves Bello #ad - In a few green leaves, her heroine is Emma Howick, her last novel, anthropologist. Barbara pym was an incomparable chronicler of ordinary, quiet lives. With warmth, humour, precision and great vividness, she gave her best characters an independent life we recognise as totally familiar.
An Unsuitable Attachment BelloBello #ad - 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 well-bred ianthe broome who works at the library and forms an unsuitable attachment with a young man there. 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. 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, another obsessional cat person, the vet’s sister, and Sister Dew who bears a strong resemblance to Sister Blatt in Excellent Women.
No Fond Return of Love: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - The fact that Aylwin is married doesn’t stop Viola. When her amorous pursuit prompts Aylwin’s wife to leave him, the academic heartthrob is wide open to Viola’s romantic attentions. 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.
For a distraction, she goes to a publishing conference, where she meets Viola Dace, as well as Aylwin Forbes, a dramatic woman who refuses to live without romance, an editor whom Viola adores. After being jilted by her fiancé, Dulcie Mainwaring despairs of ever finding true love. That is, until dulcie’s eighteen-year-old niece moves in with Viola, and the young girl soon catches Aylwin’s roving eye.
No Fond Return of Love: A Novel #ad - Set in london in the early 1960s, no fond return of Love is a delightful comedy of manners that comes full circle as Dulcie discovers a love as unexpected as it is liberating. .
Quartet in AutumnPlume #ad - 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. Lovingly, poignantly, satirically and with much humour, Pym conducts us through their small lives and the facade they erect to defend themselves against the outside world.
There is nevertheless an obstinate optimism in her characters, allowing them in their different ways to win through to a kind of hope. 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.
Crampton HodnetCoffeetown Press #ad - Latimer clumsily refers to a nonexistent town: Crampton Hodnet. His lie is harmless. The town gossips witness an impulsive declaration of love between Francis Cleveland and Miss Bird and conclude that Mr. He has a complaisant wife and an adoring pupil, a dangerous midlife combination. It was first published posthumously in 1987, thanks to her friend and biographer, Hazel Holt.
Francis cleveland, is a handsome, middle-aged professor not destined for greatness in his field. Miss doggett’s nephew, Mr. In this town appearances are much more deceiving. 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.
Crampton Hodnet #ad - Cleveland is willing to sacrifice marriage and respectability for the sake of passion. Caught in a potentially compromising situation with Miss Morrow, 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.
Life has a certain reassuring if not terribly exciting rhythm for the residents of North Oxford. Barbara pym began writing Crampton Hodnet in 1939.
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. Belinda’s much more confident, forthright younger sister Harriet, meanwhile, is ardently pursued by Count Ricardo Bianco. 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.
Although she has turned down every marriageable man who proposes, Harriet still welcomes any new curate with dinner parties and flirtatious conversation. With its vibrant supporting cast, it’s also a poignant story of unrequited love. . 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 and harriet Bede live together in a small English village.
A Glass of Blessings: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Bored with her husband, Rodney, a civil servant who dotes on her. But on her thirty-third birthday, Wilmet’s conventional life takes a turn when she runs into the handsome brother of her close friend. Attractive and enigmatic, Piers Longridge is a mystery Wilmet is determined to solve. Bored with the everyday routine of her life.
Barbara pym’s early novel takes us into 1950s England, engaging, as seen through the funny, yearning eyes of a restless housewifeWilmet Forsyth is bored. Bored with teatimes filled with local gossip. 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.
A Glass of Blessings: A Novel #ad - As cozy as sharing a cup of tea with an old friend, and friendship while exposing our flaws and foibles with wit, compassion, A Glass of Blessings explores timeless themes of sex, marriage, religion, and a generous helping of love. . Rather than settling down, he lived in Portugal, then returned to England for a series of odd jobs.
Less Than Angels: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Then tom drops his bombshell: He’s leaving her for a nineteen-year-old student. 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. 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.
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. Though stunned by tom’s betrayal, Catherine quickly becomes fascinated by another anthropologist, Alaric Lydgate, a reclusive eccentric recently returned from Africa.
Less Than Angels: A Novel #ad - . As catherine starts to weigh her options, she must figure out who she is and what she really wants.
A Very Private Eye: An Autobiography in Diaries and LettersBello #ad - Could one write a book based on one’s diaries over thirty years? I certainly have enough material, ’ wrote Barbara Pym. It also deals with the long period when her novels were out of fashion and no one would publish them, her rediscovering in 1977, and the triumphant success of her last few years. Philip larkin wrote that barbara Pym had ‘a unique eye and ear for the small poignancies of everyday life’.
Her autobiography amply demonstrates this, scarred by an unhappy love affair, she joined the WRNS, through the war when, as it traces her life from exuberant times at Oxford in the thirties, to the published novelist of the fifties. It is now possible to describe a place, situation or person as ‘very Barbara Pym’.
A Very Private Eye: An Autobiography in Diaries and Letters #ad - This book, selected from the diaries, is indeed a unique autobiography, notebooks and letters of this much loved novelist to form a continuous narrative, providing a privileged insight into a writer’s mind. A very private eye, at once funny and moving, shows the variety and depth of her own story.
Jane and Prudence: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Jane has the perfect husband in mind for her former pupil: a widower named Fabian Driver. And pru is nursing her own highly inappropriate desire for her older, and seemingly oblivious employer, married, Dr. Jane cleveland and prudence Bates were close friends at Oxford University, but now live very different lives.
Grampian. What follows is a witty, delightful, family, trenchant story of manners, morals, and female bonding that redefines the social novel for a new generation. . 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.
Jane and Prudence: A Novel #ad - 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, has an office job, a year shy of thirty, lives in London, and is self-sufficient and fiercely independent—until Jane decides her friend should be married.
But there are other women vying for Fabian’s attention.