By Barbara Pym
Published by Macmillan
The story of four people in late middle-age - Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia - whose chief point of contact, at least until the two women retire, is that they work in the same office.
They suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly, poignantly, satirically in the gentlest but sharpest way. Pym conducts us through their small lives and the facade they erect to defend themselves against the outside world.