As anyone who follows book events on LibraryThing or in the book blogosphere probably knows, today is the centenary of Barbara Pym’s birthday. The Virago Modern Classics group on LT have been having a monthly readalong of all her novels, and this month we will be reading two – “No Fond Return of Love” and “Quartet in Autumn”. The thread is here if anyone is interested.

Also, Barbara Pym Reading Week has commenced, hosted by Thomas at My Porch and Amanda at Fig and Thistle – please pop over and check out their posts and also links to others of interest.

I am currently about to embark on a chunkster so my June reading of Pym will probably not take place this week. However, I have decided to celebrate today by listening to the author pick her Desert Island Discs from 1978 – available on the BBC here, so do have a listen!


Happy birthday, Barbara!