Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
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From its opening line – “The education bestowed on Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged” – to Aunt Ada’s celebrated recollection of “something nasty in the woodshed”, Cold Comfort Farm has the air of a novel written, as it were, in one joyous exhalation...
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When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time.

Includes an introduction by Lynne Truss, and a letter from the author to Anthony Pookworthy in the foreword.

 

About Stella Gibbons

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Stella Gibbons (1902–1989), novelist, poet, and short-story writer, was born in London. Cold Comfort Farm, her first novel, won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize. Her other novels include Nightingale Wood, Westwood, and Beside the Pearly Waters. Lynne Truss, author of the bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves, is a writer and journalist. Roz Chast is a regular cartoonist for the New Yorker, and her work has also appeared in Redbook, Scientific American, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review.
 
Published October 26, 2006 by Penguin. 260 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Romance, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Oct 20 2014

From its opening line – “The education bestowed on Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged” – to Aunt Ada’s celebrated recollection of “something nasty in the woodshed”, Cold Comfort Farm has the air of a novel written, as it were, in one joyous exhalation...

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