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Paula Byrne reveals Barbara Pym’s private diaries and intimate letters, offering a first full insight into the novelist’s life and how it informed her writing. Pym to friends. Miss Pym in her diaries. Sandra in seduction mode. Pymska at her most sophisticated. Barbara Pym revealed the inner workings of domestic life brilliantly. By her seventh novel Pym was deemed old-fashioned but, with a little help from her most ardent fans and friends including Philip Larkin, her work resurfaced, bringing her astounding, resounding love and acclaim in the last years of her life.
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
‘Excellent cradle to grave biography’ The Guardian
‘clamouring to read the work of its subject … after reading this brilliant life’ Caroline Sanderson The Bookseller
‘warm, funny … and deeply moving. I defy any reader not to cry. Quietly of course.’ Isabel Berwick The Financial Times
Paula Byrne FRSA, born in Birkenhead, third daughter in a large working class Catholic family, is founder and lead practitioner of ReLit, the charity for literature and mental health, and was a judge for
the 2018 Costa Book Awards. She has written six highly acclaimed works of nonfiction including biographies of Jane Austen (one shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize); Kathleen Kennedy; and Evelyn
Waugh (a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and in the US serialized in Vanity Fair). Her novels are Blonde Venus and Look To Your Wife. Paula is currently writing a book about Thomas Hardy’s women.
This event is sponsored by Cotswold House Hotel and Spa