Quartet in Autumn

Barbara Pym


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Pan Macmillan
13 June 2024
ISBN: 9781035038923
192 pages

From the publisher

A classic from one of Britain’s most loved and highly acclaimed novelists.

‘Spectacular’ – The Sunday Times
Quartet in Autumn is immeasurably her finest work of fiction’ – Evening Standard
‘Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour’ – The Times

Deliciously, blackly funny and full of obstinate optimism, Quartet in Autumn is a classic. Part of the Picador Collection, it shows Barbara Pym’s sensitive artistry at its most sparkling. Its world is both extraordinary and familiar, revealing the eccentricities of everyday life.

In 1970s London, Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia work in the same office and suffer the same problem – loneliness.

Lovingly and with delightful humour, Barbara 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.