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Excellent women / Barbara Pym ; introduced by Alexander McCall Smith.

Excellent women / Barbara Pym ; introduced by Alexander McCall Smith.
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ISBN 9781844085262 (hardback)
Author Pym, Barbara author.
Title Excellent women / Barbara Pym ; introduced by Alexander McCall Smith.
Publisher/Date London : Virago, 2008.
Pagination etc. xii, 288 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents note First published: Great Britain :Jonathan Cape, 1952.
Summary Note Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women is a novel about a woman named Mildred Lathbury who is living in London in the 1950s. A self-proclaimed spinster, virtuous almost to a fault, intelligent, and entirely without family, Mildred is alone and content to be so. As the story begins, she is leading a quiet life of churchgoing and part-time charity work, with the Malorys—Julian, a pastor and single man, and his frazzled, sweet sister, Winifred—as her dearest friends. However, as Mildred herself notes, “An unmarried woman, just over thirty, who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself involved or interested in other people’s business” .and so upon her too-comfortable existence enter a host of unsettling and decidedly unvirtuous characters: the Napiers—Helena and Rockingham—a glamorous and unconventional couple who become Mildred’s housemates; Allegra Gray, the calculating widow who destabilizes Mildred’s relationship with the Malorys; and Everard Bone, the aloof anthropologist who befriends Mildred against all of her expectations. – Publisher’s details.
Subject Social norms -- England -- 20th century -- Fiction
Man-woman relationships -- England -- Fiction
Single women -- Fiction
Manner and customs -- England -- Fiction
Romance fiction.
Added Author McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author of introduction, etc.
Shelf Location F PYM
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