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Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
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it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-2016

Why didn't any of you shout louder about reading Barbara Pym? I can't believe I'm nearly 50 and I've only just got round to reading her, because everything was perfect and lovely and wonderful about this book. So beautifully English. An 'ordinary' single woman, Mildred, in the 1950s, goes to church, goes on holiday with her old school friend, drinks an awful lot of tea, helps out in a charity for gentlewomen who have fallen on hard times, has another cup of tea with some slightly stale cake, denies that she was ever in love with the vicar, more tea...and then a glamorous couple move into the flat below her. Some things change, but not really much - even more tea is drunk, but also a bit of brandy.
It is witty and sharp, and almost sad. Mildred is wonderful.
If you've ever read any Barbara Comyns, it's a bit like her books, but not as surreal.
Highly recommended. I shall be going out shortly for tea and some more books by Barbara Pym.
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November 8, 2016 – Started Reading
November 8, 2016 – Shelved
November 10, 2016 – Shelved as: read-in-2016
November 10, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Have you discovered Jennifer Johnston yet?

message 2: by JimZ (new)

JimZ I think I've read most of Barbara Pym's books....over 20 years ago. I devoured them,

Ellen But you found her now! That’s the important thing! 😊

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