Barbara Pym Reading Week begins today and, though I doubt I’ll manage to read and review one of her books this week (though I will try), I did want to do something to celebrate Pym. This week’s image comes from the cover of a 1990s edition of Quartet in Autumn, described as:
…the story of four people in late middle-age – Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia – whose chief point of contact is that they work in the same office and they suffer the same problem – loneliness. Lovingly, poignantly, satirically and with much humour, Pym conducts us through their small lives and the façade they erect to defend themselves against the outside world. There is nevertheless an obstinate optimism in her characters, allowing them in their different ways to win through to a kind of hope.
As for the library in the picture itself, I am deeply impressed by the shininess of the floors.