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Excellent Women

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349016078

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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

Reviews

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
I'm a huge fan of Barbara Pym
Richard Osman, Guardian
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
One of the most endearingly amusing English novels of the twentieth century
Alexander McCall Smith
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
One of the finest examples of high comedy
Lord David Cecil