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A Glass of Blessings
  • ISBN: 9780349016122
  • Pages: 288
  • Introduction: Clare Chambers
  • Publisher: Virago
  • Binding: Paperback

A Glass of Blessings

Barbara Pym
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‘I’d sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen’ Philip Larkin

Wilmet Forsyth, the narrator of A Glass of Blessings, is well dressed, well looked after, suitably husbanded, good looking and fairly young – but very bored. Her husband Rodney, a handsome army major, is slightly balder and fatter than he once was. Wilmet would like to think she has changed rather less.

Her interest wanders to the nearby Anglo-catholic church, where at last she can neglect her comfortable household in the more serious-minded company of three unmarried priests, and, of course, Piers Longridge, a man of an unfathomably different character altogether.



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