Diarist of the day: Barbara Pym

Tuesday, 13 June, 2017

“[Oxford] I had a note from Rupert and Miles asking me to go to the flicks. I dashed to Carfax at 7.30 and we went to Goodnight Vienna at the Queener. It was lovely, and somehow appropriate. We sat at the back in the corner and I had two arms around me for the first time in my history. The flick was over at 10, so we stopped at the coffee stall by Cowley Place on our way back. We drank to each other in chocolate Horlicks.” 13 June 1942

Barbara Pym was an English novelist. In the 1950s she published a series of social comedies, the best known of which are Excellent Women and A Glass of Blessings. Her novel Quartet in Autumn was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1977. Pym moved to Finstock in Oxfordshire with her younger sister Hilary and on 11 January 1980, she died of breast cancer, aged 66. Hilary helped set up the Barbara Pym Society in 1993.

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