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No Fond Return Of Love

Barbara Pym

8 Reviews

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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

Dulcie Mainwearing 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 by Dulcie s pretty young niece. And perhaps Dulcie herself, however ridiculous it may 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'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen - Philip Larkin

  • 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

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

  • 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

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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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