Jane and Prudence

Author(s): Barbara Pym; Jilly Cooper (Introduction by)

New Adult Fiction

The author of Excellent Women explores female friendship and the quiet yearnings of British middle-class life--a literary delight for fans of Jane Austen. Jane Cleveland and Prudence Bates were close friends at Oxford University, but now live very different lives. Forty-one-year-old Jane lives in the country, is married to a vicar, has a daughter she adores, and lives a very proper life in a very proper English parish. Prudence, a year shy of thirty, lives in London, has an office job, and is self-sufficient and fiercely independent--until Jane decides her friend should be married. Jane has the perfect husband in mind for her former pupil: a widower named Fabian Driver. But there are other women vying for Fabian's attention. And Pru is nursing her own highly inappropriate desire for her older, married, and seemingly oblivious employer, Dr. Grampian. What follows is a witty, delightful, trenchant story of manners, morals, family, and female bonding that redefines the social novel for a new generation.


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'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

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'.

General Fields

  • : 9781844084494
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Sphere
  • : 0.184
  • : December 2007
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Barbara Pym; Jilly Cooper (Introduction by)
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 823.914
  • : very good
  • : 256