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Emma Howick, an aspiring anthropologist, chooses to settle in a sleepy country community in the heart of England, with a view to researching a study on ‘The Social Patterns of a West Oxfordshire Village’. She soon finds herself inextricably caught up in the lives of her new neighbours: Tom Dagnall, the widowed rector who is passionate about local history; Tom’s dominating and frustrated sister, Daphne, whose ambitions are to own a dog and escape to a Greek island; Adam Prince, a fastidious and self-indulgent good food inspector; Sir Miles, the elusive local squire; and last but not least, the genteel spinsters, Misses Lee, Grundy and Lickerish.
In 'A Few Green Leaves', Barbara Pym chronicles everyday life with her inimitable warmth and humour, creating an incomparable, vivid portrait of English village society.
“Her sense of humour is as strong as ever. The set pieces are as witty, or wittier, than anything she has ever written.”
“Miss Pym’s characters are human and warm and vulnerable ... they establish themselves immediately, they stay in the mind. This is a book to be taken slowly and easily ... there are epiphanies in it, showings-forth of joy.”
“She has a connoisseur’s eye for the absurd, almost disconcerting candour, and the ability to note shortcomings with amused equanimity.”
Also available in Flamingo: 'Civil to Strangers', 'The Sweet Dove Died' and 'Quartet in Autumn'.
Barbara Pym, who died in 1980, spent the last years of her life in an Oxfordshire village, sharing a small cottage with her sister. Between 1950 and 1961 she published six novels. After a gap of sixteen years, publication of ‘Quartet in Autumn’ in 1977 was treated as a major literary event, as was her next novel, ‘The Sweet Dove Died’. Four more novels were published posthumously, as was ‘Civil to Strangers’, a collection of writings including one complete novel and sections of three others.
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR002596668
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Black boards with silver blocked titles to spine, 205 x 135 mm approx. [iv] + 250 pp. First Edition 1980. The author's final novel - published posthumously. Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale for further details and condition. Very Good/ Very Good (Book- mild general shelf wear to boards, book block slightly cocked, no previous owner name or insc. Dust Jacket - moderate rubbing to extremities, no notable shelf soiling, non price clipped - cover £5.95. No other notable defects to book or jacket). Seller Inventory # 131082
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