Barbara Pym Reading Week, June 1st – 8th

June 2nd marks the centenary of Barbara Pym’s birth. Barbara Pym was a British novelist who wrote with the wit of Jane Austen and the shrewdness of Muriel Spark. Join me here at Fig and Thistle and Thomas at My Porch to celebrate Barbara Pym from June 1st – 8th. We’ll be blogging about our first experience with Pym, Pym’s life, her novels and other writings, and there will be PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS. We’ll also be doing regular roundups of Pym related posts on our blogs.

If you don’t have a blog you can participate by commenting on our blogs. You can participate at what ever level you like whether that is an all-out Pym Week or just following along in the fun.

Thomas (@Thomasatmyporch) and I (@nerdybookgirl) will be Tweeting throughout the week with the hashtags #PymReadingWeek and #BarbaraPym100. Also, we’ll be joining in Heaven Ali’s virtual tea party on June 2nd.

I’ve made a Pinterest page as well. I’m gathering interesting images, anecdotes, and articles about Barbara Pym if you’d like to take a look around.
Feel free to grab a button (beautifully designed by Thomas), brew some tea, don a cardigan and join in!


  1. So looking forward to this – I hope to read A Very private eye – the letters and diaries of Barbara Pym and No Fond Return of Love, which is one of the Pym novels I have read before – it might be my favourite.

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