A Secret Richness

Penelope Fitzgerald

  • A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym
    Macmillan, 250 pp, £5.95, July 1980, ISBN 0 333 29168 9

In this, the last novel we shall have from Barbara Pym, it is Miss Grundy, a downtrodden elderly church-worker, who says that ‘a few green leaves can make such a difference.’ The phrase echoes a poem which the author loved, but found disturbing, George Herbert’s ‘Hope’.

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