Jane And Prudence - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Jane And Prudence - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 06/12/2007
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'I'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen' Philip Larkin

Over the years, as Barbara Pym replaced Nancy Mitford, Georgette Heyer, even Jane Austen, as my most loved author, I devoured all her books, but JANE AND PRUDENCE remains my favourite. Even an umpteenth reading this weekend was punctuated by gasps of joy, laughter and wonder that this lovely book should remain so fresh, funny and true to life' Jilly Cooper

'The setting of this very funny novel, one of Barbara Pym's earliest, is an English village where Jane's husband is the newly appointed vicar, and where Prudence will pay Jane a visit and find herself courted by a fatuous young widower. Prudence, at twenty-nine, has achieved nothing in life but a dull research job in London and a string of dud affairs; Jane, now in her forties, was Prudence's tutor at Oxford. Jane cheerfully concedes that she is an incompetent housewife, but she hopes that the move to a rural parish may transform her into a Trollopean vicar's wife, as well as a crafty matchmaker. There are many comic complications here, as Jane learns that matchmaking has as many pitfalls as does housewifery' The New Yorker

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844084494
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 134 x 200 x 16 mm


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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 *
I'd sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen * Philip Larkin *
There is a thrill of humanity through all her work * Shirley Hazzard *
She is the rarest of treasures; she reminds us of the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life * Anne Tyler *

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“Jane and Prudence”

Jane, 40, is a vicar’s wife and just embarking on a new life in a tiny village. Prudence, 29, is no one’s wife, living a sophisticated London life and is ripe to embrace the women’s lib that is just looming on the... More

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“A gentle comedy of splendid women and absurd men”

Jane is married to a vicar. Prudence works with an academic. When both women meet up at an Oxford reunion they resolve to meet up, especially as Jane and her husband are due to move to a new parish. Prudence is known... More

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