Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a spinster in the England of the 1950s, one of those 'excellent women' who tend to get involved in other people's lives - such as those of her new neighbor, Rockingham, and the vicar next door. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest.

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The 672nd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 80th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Excellent Women (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition 69691 $5.99 2006
By Barbara Pym - Excellent Women (Penguin Classics) (Reprint) (11/26/06) Paperback 4609749 $13.53 $7.78 2006
Excellent Women Paperback 562567 $5.05 $0.01 1988
Excellent Women Audio CD 1210087 $22.02 2016
Excellent Women Mass Market Paperback 5857203 $32.99
Excellent Women Hardcover 1195759 $64.02 $11.00 1978
Excellent Women (VMC Designer Collection) Hardcover 722230 $20.44 $16.53 2008
Excellent Women Publisher: Penguin Classics Paperback 1698797 $13.54 $7.94
Excellent Women (Penguin Classics) Paperback 174122 $10.99 $5.45 2006