An Academic Question, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A delightful comedy of manners with a touch of mystery, An Academic Question is prime Barbara Pym territory.

In a provincial university town Caro Grimstone, a dissatisfied faculty wife, becomes the unwilling accomplice to her husband Alan's ambitions.

When she volunteers as a reader to a blind, esteemed anthropologist, Alan seizes the opportunity to steal his papers - research that could both advance his reputation while refuting the findings of a respected colleague.


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I'm usually a fan of Pym, and this book does have her trademark irony and subtle wit, but somehow it doesn't sing in the way I'd expected it to. In addition, whilst most of the men in a Pym novel are really rather weak, here they're downright nasty and definitely shallow.Mind you, working as I do in a University, I did enjoy the academic setting and thought it was very well done.Otherwise, fairly forgettable, I'm afraid.

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