An Academic Question - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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An Academic Question - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 03/05/2012
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A delightful comedy of manners with a touch of mystery, An Academic Question is prime Barbara Pym territory. In a provincial university town Caro Grimstone, a dissatisfied faculty wife, becomes the unwilling accomplice to her husband Alan's ambitions. When she volunteers as a reader to a blind, esteemed anthropologist, Alan seizes the opportunity to steal his papers - research that could both advance his reputation while refuting the findings of a respected colleague.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844087235
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 160 g
Dimensions: 130 x 201 x 15 mm


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Beneath the gentle surfaces of her novels is a slow-building comedy, salt wit in a saline drip -- NEW YORK TIMES
My favourite writer . . . I pick up her books with joy -- JILLY COOPER
She is the rarest of treasures; she reminds us of the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life -- ANNE TYLER
I am a huge fan of Barbara Pym -- RICHARD OSMAN
A splendid humorous writer -- John Betjeman
A modern Jane Austen -- Alexander McCall Smith
There is a thrill of humanity through all her work -- Shirley Hazzard

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“A woman lives in a university community with unforeseen results”

Barbara Pym was a skilful and unique writer, but she had a period when her writing was not published. This book is largely a product of her fallow period, and was assembled from two versions. Nonetheless it has a... More

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