The Adventures Of Miss Barbara Pym By Paula Byrne

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01In Which Life Begins For Our Heroine20210412Paula Byrne's joyous and illuminating new biography of one of the twentieth century's wittiest novelists. Hattie Morahan is the reader.

Philip Larkin regarded her as the era's very own Jane Austen and yet today Barbara Pym is little known. She lived through a period of social and political upheaval, and her novels charted the impact of these changes on women in the public and the domestic realm. In the 1930s she went up to Oxford; spent time in Nazi Germany before WWII; in the 1950s as a single woman she went out to work, and she bore witness to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. By the early 60s she had published six novels, and though she struggled for recognition from 1963 onwards, she continued to write and went on to make a triumphant comeback.

Her diaries are prefaced 'The Adventures of Miss Pym' emulating Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones', and in turn Paula Byrne as written her shrewdly observed biography of this courageous and funny novelist in the style of a picaresque adventure.

Paula Byrne is the bestselling and acclaimed biographer and novelist. Her non-fiction includes 'The Real Jane Austen', 'The Genius of Jane Austen' and 'Mad World' the story of Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead.

Photo credit: The Barbara Pym Society

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Paula Byrne's illuminating new biography of the witty novelist.

A joyous and illuminating new biography of one of the 20th century's wittiest novelists.

02In Which Miss Pym Tours Germany20210413Paula Byrne's shrewdly observed and joyous new biography of one of the twentieth century's wittiest novelists. In today's episode, Barbara Pym indulges her love of German culture with visits to 1930s Germany where her broken heart is also mended.

Philip Larkin regarded her as the era's very own Jane Austen and yet today Barbara Pym is little known. She lived through a period of social and political upheaval, and her novels charted the impact of these changes on women in the public and the domestic realm. By the early 60s she had published six novels, and though she struggled for recognition from 1963 onwards, she continued to write and went on to make a triumphant comeback.

Her diaries are prefaced 'The Adventures of Miss Pym' emulating Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones', and in turn Paula Byrne has written her celebratory biography of this courageous and funny novelist in the style of a picaresque adventure.

Paula Byrne is the bestselling and acclaimed biographer and novelist. Her non-fiction includes 'The Real Jane Austen', 'The Genius of Jane Austen' and 'Mad World' the story of Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead.

Photo credit: The Barbara Pym Society

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Paula Byrne's biography of the witty novelist takes us to 1930s Germany.

A joyous and illuminating new biography of one of the 20th century's wittiest novelists.

03In Which Our Heroine And Her Sister Take Up Residence In London20210414Paula Byrne's biography of the twentieth century novelist celebrates her wit and her talent for chronicling matters of the human heart. Today, Barbara Pym makes her unique mark on the literary landscape of 1950s Britain.Hattie Morahan is the reader.

Philip Larkin regarded her as the era's very own Jane Austen and yet today Barbara Pym is little known. She lived through a period of social and political upheaval, and her novels charted the impact of these changes on women in the public and the domestic realm. By the early 60s she had published six novels, and though she struggled for recognition from 1963 onwards, she continued to write and went on to make a triumphant comeback.

Her diaries are prefaced 'The Adventures of Miss Pym' emulating Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones', and in turn Paula Byrne has written her shrewdly observed biography of this courageous and funny novelist in the style of a picaresque adventure.

Paula Byrne is the bestselling and acclaimed biographer and novelist. Her non-fiction includes 'The Real Jane Austen', 'The Genius of Jane Austen' and 'Mad World' the story of Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In Paula Byrne's biography of the twentieth century novelist, literary success commences.

A joyous and illuminating new biography of one of the 20th century's wittiest novelists.

04In Which Miss Pym Enters The Wilderness Years20210415In Paula Byrne's shrewdly observed biography of the witty novelist the literary establishment turns its back on Barbara Pym. With James Bond riding high in the bestseller lists, publishing's appetite for novels about the lives of middle-class British women diminishes and Pym is cast out into the wilderness.

Philip Larkin regarded her as the era's very own Jane Austen and yet today Barbara Pym is little known. She lived through a period of social and political upheaval, and her novels charted the impact of these changes on women in the public and the domestic realm. By the early 60s she had published six novels, and though she struggled for recognition from 1963 onwards, she continued to write and went on to make a triumphant comeback.

Her diaries are prefaced 'The Adventures of Miss Pym' emulating Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones', and in turn Paula Byrne has written her celebratory biography of this courageous and funny novelist in the style of a picaresque adventure.

Paula Byrne is the bestselling and acclaimed biographer and novelist. Her non-fiction includes 'The Real Jane Austen', 'The Genius of Jane Austen' and 'Mad World' the story of Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In Paula Byrne's biography of the witty novelist, the literary world turns its back on Pym

A joyous and illuminating new biography of one of the 20th century's wittiest novelists.

05In Which The Fortunes Of Miss Pym Are Reversed20210416In Paula Byrne's joyous and illuminating biography of the witty novelist, Barbara Pym is once again enjoying literary success. Meanwhile, an old flame also makes a comeback, and she finds that life is mirroring the plot line of one of her very own novels.

Philip Larkin regarded her as the era's very own Jane Austen and yet today Barbara Pym is little known. She lived through a period of social and political upheaval, and her novels charted the impact of these changes on women in the public and the domestic realm. By the early 60s she had published six novels, and though she struggled for recognition from 1963 onwards, she continued to write and went on to make a triumphant comeback.

Her diaries are prefaced 'The Adventures of Miss Pym' emulating Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones', and in turn Paula Byrne has written her celebratory biography of this courageous and funny novelist in the style of a picaresque adventure.

Paula Byrne is the bestselling and acclaimed biographer and novelist. Her non-fiction includes 'The Real Jane Austen', 'The Genius of Jane Austen' and 'Mad World' the story of Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In Paula Byrne's joyous biography the fortunes of Barbara Pym are transformed.

A joyous and illuminating new biography of one of the 20th century's wittiest novelists.