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Less Than Angels

Barbara Pym

4 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

'A modern Jane Austen' Alexander McCall Smith

INTRODUCED BY SALLEY VICKERS

'I'm a huge fan of Barbara Pym' RICHARD OSMAN

'She is the rarest of treasures; she reminds us of the heart-breaking silliness of everyday life' ANNE TYLER

Catherine Oliphant is a writer and lives with handsome anthropologist Tom Mallow. Their relationship runs into trouble when he begins a romance with student Deirdre Swann, so Catherine turns her attention to the reclusive anthropologist Alaric Lydgate, who has a fondness for wearing African masks. Added to this love tangle are the activities of Deirdre's fellow students and their attempts to win the competition for a research grant.

The course of true love or academia never did run smooth.

'Her best [novels] are sheer delight, and all of them companionable. Quiet, paradoxical, funny and sad, they have the iron in them of permanence too' JOHN UPDIKE, NEW YORKER

'She can be seriously, hilariously funny - no other novelist has celebrated our national silliness with such exuberance' KATE SAUNDERS

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Praise for Less Than Angels

  • No novelist brings more telling observation or more gentle pleasure - Jilly Cooper

  • A splendid humorous writer - John Betjeman

  • There is a thrill of humanity through all her work - Shirley Hazzard

  • I'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen - Philip Larkin

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Barbara Pym

Barbara Pym (1913-80) was born in Shropshire and educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. When in 1977 the TLS asked critics to name the most underrated authors of the past 75 years, only one was named twice (by Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil): Barbara Pym. Her novels are characterised by what Anne Tyler has called 'the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life'.
Author Location: deceased

No Fond Return of Love; Excellent Women; Some Tame Gazelle; A Glass of Blessings

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