Pym Post for Days 1 and 2

So many fun things going on today. Here is a recap of all the Pym posts that have popped up over the past two days. If I missed yours please leave a comment or email me at onmyporch [at] hotmail [dot] come.

Blog Posts

Amanda at Fig and Thistle describes getting over her own cool self and letting Pym into her life.

Audrey at Books as Food mentions the restorative/healing power of a Pym novel and she gives us lots of wonderful background behind the writing of Some Tame Gazelle before she comments on her own experience with the novel.

MarysLibrary introduces us to Pym and mentions a Yahoo literature group (a spin-off of a Trollope group!) that has been focusing on Pym.

Leticia at Spectrum of Perspectives paints a lovely picture of her friendship with Barbara Pym.

Claire the Captive Reader shows us a fantastic 1990s cover for Quartet in Autumn, that looks like it could have been a presentation board for a 1970s campaign to raise funds for a new library.

Lyn at I Prefer Reading provides links to three of her reviews (Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence, and Less than Angels), but she also mentions listening to Pym books…tell us more about that, Lyn.

Harriet Devine posts a review of Jane and Prudence.

Anna van Gelderen spreads the Pym gospel to the Netherlands and other parts of the Dutch-speaking world.

Alex in Leeds writes about her first date with Pym and Some Tame Gazelle.

Elecrtric Witch declares The Sweet Dove Died as “THE greatest camp work in history”.

Kaggsysbookishramblings is listening to Barbara on Desert Island Discs and reveiwed A Glass of Blessings.

Victoria Corby discovers Barabara Pym’s books.

Frances at Nonsuch Book reviews Jane and Prudence.

Heavenali gives us her thougths on No Fond Return of Love.

Amanda and her kids bake up a birthday treat for Barbara.

Pym fan Kerry at Pickle Me This (I love that blog title) bakes Barbara a cake and reviews Excellent Women.

Pym sends Hayley at Desparate Reader to church.

Valerie buys all Pym’s e-books in one fell swoop.

Other links

There was a wonderful piece in The Awl on Pym’s centenary.

A nice, if a bit shallow, shout out in The Guardian.

Open Road Media have done a mini video documentary on Pym’s centenary.

Philip Hensher toasts Barbara Pym in The Telegraph.

Raina Lipsitz write about Patron Saint of Quiet Lives at Ploughshares.

orna B Raz writes that archival material suggests that Pym was a Nazi sympathizer. (Yikes.)

Here, the same orna B Raz explains why she Pym is worth writing about.

8 thoughts on “Pym Post for Days 1 and 2

  1. travellinpenguin June 2, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    I haven't signed up to do Pym week. Great response though. I will have to do one of these type of reads sometime. Will keep my eyes open for the next challenge or celebration of a particular writer. Enjoy the week. I'm enjoying following it.


  2. LyzzyBee June 3, 2013 / 2:44 am

    I went to Heavenali's real tea party yesterday, one of two LibraryThing Virago Group members there (me and Ali). We ate a lot of cake and cucumber sandwiches, drank Pimms and introduced some of her friends to Pym's books for the first time! I'm sure Ali will be along soon with her write-up, but here's mine to be going along with:


  3. electricwitch June 3, 2013 / 5:22 am

    Thanks for the link! But please credit me as electricwitch, my name isn't Valerie.


  4. Brona Joy June 3, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    Your posts have been very informative and entertaining Thomas. I appreciate all the effort and research you've put into this :-)
    I've learnt so much in past couple of days and I am now, officially, a Pym convert – thank you.
    Here's my post at
    Brona's Books


  5. StuckInABook June 4, 2013 / 6:13 am

    Wow! What a lot of people joining in. I wasn't going to, because my one experience with Pym was enjoyable but didn't turn me into a big fan – but I've found one my Mum gave me, so it would work for Reading Presently as well as Pym week. Let's hope I can read and review it before the end of the week…


  6. vicki (skiourophile) June 10, 2013 / 4:27 am

    I'm having a lovely time going through all these links and deciding what to read next. Again, many thanks for all your efforts to get the week together – it's been wonderful.


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