A must-read for Austen fans. Alexander McCall Smith, writing for The Guardian, calls this novel "one of the 20th century’s most endearing and amusing novels."
Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym’s richest and most amusing high comedies. This is Barbara Pym’s world at its funniest.
Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women – the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors – anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen’s handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door – the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.