Quartet in Autumn

Picador Classic

3.96 based on 1448 ratings & 152 reviews on Goodreads.com

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.

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
Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour
The Times
The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen
Harpers & Queen

About Barbara Pym

A writer from the age of sixteen, Barbara Pym has been acclaimed as ‘the most underrated writer of the century’ (Philip Larkin). Pym’s substantial reputation evolved through the publication of six novels from 1950 to 1961, then resumed in 1977 with the publication of Quartet in Autumn and three other novels. She died in 1980.

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Books by Barbara Pym

A Very Private Eye
A Very Private Eye
A Few Green Leaves
A Few Green Leaves
The Sweet Dove Died
The Sweet Dove Died
An Unsuitable Attachment
An Unsuitable Attachment

Books in the Series

The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place
A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Psalm Killer
The Psalm Killer
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
Trumpet
Trumpet
The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
With Nails
With Nails
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children
Quarantine
Quarantine
My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
The Drowned Book
The Drowned Book
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
Dispatches
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet
Essays In Love
Essays In Love
Scottsboro
Scottsboro
The Debt To Pleasure
The Debt To Pleasure
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
The Snow Geese
The Snow Geese
Unreliable Memoirs
Unreliable Memoirs
The South
The South
The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence