Quartet in Autumn

Picador Classic

3.95 based on 1594 ratings & 174 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 08.10.2015
ISBN: 9781447289616
Number of pages: 192

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

The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen
Harpers & Queen
Very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity
Financial Times
Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour
The Times