I’ve been preparing for Barbara Pym Reading Week all year so I’m very pleased that it’s finally arrived. The week is being hosted by Thomas at My Porch (you can read about all the exciting things planned here) & Amanda at Fig & Thistle.
I’ve been a fan of Barbara Pym’s funny, gentle, quirky, mad novels for years. Excellent Women, A Glass of Blessings & Some Tame Gazelle are three of my favourite books & I’ve read them & listened to them on audio many times. I’ve reread all three earlier this year as part of my own tribute to Barbara Pym. I’ve read all her novels now. I’d been holding on to Quartet in Autumn because I couldn’t bear the thought that once I’d read it, there would be no more unread Pym to look forward to. However, this was the year to read it & my review will be up later in the week. I’ve also reread An Unsuitable Attachment & my post on it will be up on Tuesday.
So, just to get things started, here are links to my earlier reviews of Excellent Women, Jane & Prudence & Less Than Angels. I’m looking forward to settling down with a pot of tea & reading the reviews & posts around the Pymosphere this week.