Saturday, February 9, 2013
So Nice to Know Miss Pym
Barbara Pym was also an avid diarist throughout her life and A Very Private Eye her autobiography documents her life from her youth to her death in 1980. In it are details of her years at Oxford, her service in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) as well as love affairs and adult life. There are great photographs of her in it. Her sister Hilary Pym and close friend Hazel Holt edited a companion version in A Lot to Ask. Also, the two women compiled The Barbara Pym Cookbook, which details many of the dishes served in her novels.
Humor, irony, coziness create a world that a reader will come back to time and time again. Her books are comforting, funny, sometimes sad, but always a satisfying read. I have included a picture of my Barbara Pym collection. Her books have been in and out of print, but if I run across a copy of one I will buy it even I already own a copy just in case one kind of starts to fall apart.
In a nutshell, these books are so great, it is worth buying a copy of a book I already own! I would love to hear from any Pym fans!