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Barbara Pym (1913-80) was born in Shropshire and educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. When in 1977 the TLS asked critics to name the most underrated authors of the past 75 years, only one was named twice (by Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil): Barbara Pym. Her novels are characterised by what Anne Tyler has called 'the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life'.
'She's such a wonderful writer and has given me so much pleasure ... My favourite of all is JANE AND PRUDENCE. It's just brilliant' Jilly Cooper 'There is a thrill of humanity through all her work' Shirley Hazzard *'I'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen' Philip Larkin