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Quartet in Autumn

3.95 based on 1676 ratings & 192 reviews on Goodreads.com

1977 Short-listed

Man Booker Prize

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

Quartet in Autumn is immeasurably her finest work of fiction
Evening Standard
The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen
Harpers & Queen
An alert miniaturist ... her novels have a distinctive flavour, as instantly recognisable as lapsang tea
Daily Telegraph