I'd received Jane and Prudence for Christmas last year and absolutely loved it, so I was very pleased to discover Virago had reissued another Barbara Pym as part of their anniversary series.
Alexander McCall Smith sums her work up beautifully in his introduction:
'One does not laugh out loud while reading Barbara Pym; that would be too much. One smiles. One smiles and puts down the book to enjoy the smile. Then one picks it up again and a few minutes later an unexpected observation on human foibles makes one smile again.'
Mrs M had suggested coordinating my book covers with my flowers, but in this instance I'd rather coordinate my book cover with a blouse (both by Orla Kiely)!