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Excellent Women

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844084517

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 3rd September 2009

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

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‘I’m a huge fan of Barbara Pym’ RICHARD OSMAN
‘One of the most endearingly amusing English novels of the twentieth century’ ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH


Mildred Lathbury is one of those ‘excellent women’ who is often taken for granted. She is a godsend, ‘capable of dealing with most of the stock situations of life – birth, marriage, death, the successful jumble sales, the garden fete spoilt by bad weather’.


As such, she often gets herself embroiled in other people’s lives – especially those of her glamorous new neighbours, the Napiers, whose marriage seems to be on the rocks. One cannot take sides in these matters, though it is tricky, especially as Mildred, teetering on the edge of spinsterhood, has a soft spot for dashing young Rockingham Napier.


This is Barbara Pym’s world at its funniest and most touching.

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

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