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'Barbara Pym's renaissance was sparked in 1977 in the TLS when both Lord Cecil and Philip Larkin claimed her as ‘the most underrated novelist of the century’. Her books were republished, and, joy of joys, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.'
'I joined the Barbara Pym Society and attended their conferences in Oxford, where I bought Pym swag and home-made quince jelly, and yearned to win a prize on the Pymbola. I took to the world of Barbara Pym with a zealot’s enthusiasm. '
'Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Pym have been a source of strength. The story of Barbara Pym's rediscovery by the literary world, sixteen years after being dropped by her publisher is one that must give heart to all writers.'
28-04-2022

Caroline Sanderson revisits her childhood home for the first time in five decades, to compare memory with reality.

Paul Dodgson takes us to Hythe on the south coast of Kent, drawn back to a place he was once desperate to escape.

Clare Chambers explains why the apparently prosaic location of the south-east London suburbs has been such a source of inspiration in her work.

Robin Blake asks whether it’s possible for writers to retire, examines some famous writers who supposedly did so, and reflects on his own reluctance to stop working.
Do reader’s care about seasonal lists? Heavy-duty books for Autumn and fluffy reads for the beach? Not a bit, says Katharine Grant. There was a time when seasonal publishing was dictated by the barges arriving laden with books; but with cheap printing, the re-order, and e-book, publishing seasons have become like fashion seasons: micro-sized and consumer led.
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