Barbara Pym is the rarest of treasures
My favourite writer . . . 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
[Pym] makes me smile, laugh out loud, consider my own foibles and fantasies, and above all, suffer real regret when I reach the final page. Of how many authors can you honestly say that?
The subtlest of her books - the sparkle on first acquaintance has been succeeded by the deeper brilliance of established art