Barbara Pym (1913-1980) was a bestselling and award-winning English novelist. Her first book, Some Tame Gazelle (1950), launched her career as a writer beloved for her social comedies of class and manners. Pym is the only author to be named twice in a Times Literary Supplement list of "the most underrated novelists of the century." She produced thirteen novels, the last three published posthumously. Her 1977 novel Quartet in Autumn was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
"With sheer joy I read Barbara Pym's . . . No Fond Return of Love." --Mary Gordon ." . . comic, heartrending, brave; in short, like life itself." --Shirley Hazzard "No novelist brings more telling observation or more gentle pleasure." --Jilly Cooper "A splendid, humorous writer." --John Betjeman