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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 and her 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[One of] the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years.”

    Lord David Cecil, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A startling reminder that solitude may be chosen and that a lively, full novel can be constructed entirely within the precincts of that regressive virtue, feminine patience.”

    New Yorker

  • “Her most widely admired work, first published in 1952. Again the lightly satiric focus is on loneliness bravely borne, the bearing up being done here by that excellent woman Mildred Lathbury, a thirty-five-ish spinster who becomes embroiled with the vicar, the neighbors, the neighbors’ lodgers, and a few hopeless gentleman friends…Cleanly crafted…A special treat for lovers of the high, wry style.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “What stays longest with the reader once the amusement, the satire, the alert ear, and exact eye have all been acknowledged? Partly it is the underlying loneliness of life…the absence of self-pity, the scrupulousness of one’s relations with others.”

    Philip Larkin, English poet and novelist

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