Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
INTRODUCED BY SALLEY VICKERS
'I'm a huge fan of Barbara Pym' RICHARD OSMAN
'She is the rarest of treasures; she reminds us of the heart-breaking silliness of everyday life' ANNE TYLER
Catherine Oliphant is a writer and lives with handsome anthropologist Tom Mallow. Their relationship runs into trouble when he begins a romance with student Deirdre Swann, so Catherine turns her attention to the reclusive anthropologist Alaric Lydgate, who has a fondness for wearing African masks. Added to this love tangle are the activities of Deirdre's fellow students and their attempts to win the competition for a research grant.
The course of true love or academia never did run smooth.
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