#35 in series

Quartet in Autumn

Picador Classic

Book 35 in the series

3.95 based on 1541 ratings & 170 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 08.10.2015
ISBN: 9781447289623
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

With an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith

One did not drink sherry before the evening, just as one did not read a novel in the morning.

In 1970s London Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia work in the same office and suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly and with delightful humour, Pym conducts us through their day-to-day existence: their preoccupations, their irritations, their judgements, and - perhaps most keenly felt - their worries about having somehow missed out on life as post-war Britain shifted around them.

Deliciously, blackly funny and full of obstinate optimism, Quartet in Autumn shows Barbara Pym's sensitive artistry at its most sparkling. A classic from one of Britain's most loved and highly acclaimed novelists, its world is both extraordinary and familiar, revealing the eccentricities of everyday life.

In the media

Barbara Pym's unpretentious, subtle, accomplished novels . . . are for me the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past 75 years...spectacular
Sunday Times
Quartet in Autumn is immeasurably her finest work of fiction
Evening Standard
Very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity
Financial Times

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