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

When Barbara Pym died in 1980 she left a considerable amount of unpublished material. This volume contains an early novel, CIVIL TO STRANGERS, three novellas and an autobiographical essay, ‘Finding a Voice’, Pym’s only written comment on her writing career.

In CIVIL TO STRANGERS the lives of a young couple, Cassandra Marsh-Gibbon and her self-absorbed writer husband Adam, are thrown into upheaval when a mysterious Hungarian arrives in their village.