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No Fond Return Of Love

Barbara Pym

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

'One of her very best - comic, heartrending, brave; in short, like life itself' Shirley Hazzard

INTRODUCED BY PAUL BINDING

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

'I'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen' PHILIP LARKIN

'No novelist brings more telling observation or more gentle pleasure' JILLY COOPER

Dulcie Mainwaring is always helping others, but never looks out for herself - especially in the realm of love. Her friend Viola is besotted by the alluring Dr Aylwin Forbes, so surely it isn't prying if Dulcie helps things along? Aylwin, however, is smitten with Dulcie's pretty, young niece. And perhaps Dulcie herself, however ridiculous it might be, is falling, just a little, for Aylwin. Once life's little humiliations are played out, maybe love will be returned, and fondly, after all . . .

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Praise for No Fond Return Of Love

  • I'm a huge fan of Barbara Pym

  • One of her very best - comic, heartrending, brave; in short, like life itself - Shirley Hazzard

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

  • A splendid humorous writer - John Betjeman

  • A modern Jane Austen

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Barbara Pym

Barbara Pym (1913-1980) was born in Oswestry, Shropshire. She was educated at Huyton College, Liverpool, and St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she gained an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature. From 1958-1974, she worked as an editorial secretary at the International African Institute. Her first novel, Some Tame Gazelle, was published in 1950, and was followed by Excellent Women (1952), Jane and Prudence (1953), Less than Angels (1955), A Glass of Blessings (1958) and No Fond Return of Love (1961). During the sixties and early seventies her writing suffered a partial eclipse and, discouraged, she concentrated on her work for the Institute, from which she retired in 1974 to live in Oxfordshire. A renaissance in her fortunes came in 1977, when both Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil chose her as one of the most underrated novelists of the century. With astonishing speed, she emerged, after sixteen years of obscurity, to almost instant fame and recognition. Quartet in Autumn was published in 1977 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Sweet Dove Died followed in 1978, and A Few Green Leaves was published posthumously. Barbara Pym died in January 1980.

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