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Jane And Prudence

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844084494

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 6th December 2007

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

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‘I’d sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen’ Philip Larkin

Over the years, as Barbara Pym replaced Nancy Mitford, Georgette Heyer, even Jane Austen, as my most loved author, I devoured all her books, but JANE AND PRUDENCE remains my favourite. Even an umpteenth reading this weekend was punctuated by gasps of joy, laughter and wonder that this lovely book should remain so fresh, funny and true to life’ Jilly Cooper

‘The setting of this very funny novel, one of Barbara Pym’s earliest, is an English village where Jane’s husband is the newly appointed vicar, and where Prudence will pay Jane a visit and find herself courted by a fatuous young widower. Prudence, at twenty-nine, has achieved nothing in life but a dull research job in London and a string of dud affairs; Jane, now in her forties, was Prudence’s tutor at Oxford. Jane cheerfully concedes that she is an incompetent housewife, but she hopes that the move to a rural parish may transform her into a Trollopean vicar’s wife, as well as a crafty matchmaker. There are many comic complications here, as Jane learns that matchmaking has as many pitfalls as does housewifery’ The New Yorker

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Over the years, as Barbara Pym replaced Nancy Mitford, Georgette Heyer, even Jane Austen, as my most loved author, I devoured all her books, but Jane and Prudence remains my favourite. Even an umpteenth reading this weekend was punctuated by gasps of joy, laughter, sympathy and wonder that this lovely book should remain so fresh, funny and true to life
Jilly Cooper
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
She is the rarest of treasures; she reminds us of the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life
Anne Tyler
This comedy of manners is a salutary reminder of just how good Barbara Pym was . . . This book is a gem
The Times
I'm a huge fan of Barbara Pym
Richard Osman