If you don't mind indulging me, I want to remind you, as we labor over our editing, of the sheer pleasure in reading.
Barbara Pym, whose work Philip Larkn championed, was a writer whose work could stand up to comparison with Jane Austen's in its attention to the telling details of domestic life and its delicious understated irony.
Here, in a passage from Excellent Women, Mildred Lathbury, the narrator, is taken to meet Everard Bone's mother:
I thought I had better revive the conversation which had lapsed, so I commented on the animals' heads in the hall, saying what fine specimens they were.
'My husband shot them in India and...