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Less Than Angels follows the loves, works and hopes of a group of young anthropologists.

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 triangle 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.

©1955 Barbara Pym (P)2013 Library Magna Books Ltd

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"A modern Jane Austen." (Alexander McCall Smith)

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Fabulous!

This was the most enjoyable of all the Barbara Pym audio books I've listened to. She has an amazing insight into human nature and as with her other novels, I found myself laughing out loud. I wish there were more... extremely highly recommended. I think I even prefer her as an author to Muriel Spark.

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A delightful 'old fashioned' novel , entertaining but providing food for thought.

The author has great skill in describing situations, characters, appearance in a way that brings them to life. The book is full of wry humour and perceptive observation of a way of life and an ordering of society which is long gone, yet in a way seems bang up to date. It has the flavour of everyday life with added piquancy!

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Disappointing.

I adore Barbara Pym but found this book had dated gracelessly and the cultural racist arrogance was more than I felt able to make allowances for in the context of the era when it was written.

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Comedy of Manners at its best

A gently witty and enjoyable story, beautifully read by the narrator. I love all Barbara Pym's novels, and this one is up there with the best. Loved it!

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