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Quartet in Autumn

Quartet in Autumn

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.

 

About the Author

Barbara Pym

Barbara Pym was born in June 1913 in Oswestry, Shropshire.  She read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and during the war she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens).  Her novels include Excellent Women; Jane and Prudence; Less Than Angels; and Quartet in Autumn which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  In a 1977 issue of The Times Literary Supplement, Barbara Pym was twice named (by Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil) as "the most underrated novelist of the century."  She died in January 1980.