Cold Comfort Farm (Paperback)
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A witty portrait of rural England in the early twentieth century, the Penguin Classics edition of Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm is introduced by Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. 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 organise other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and ruthless parody of rural melodramas and purple prose, Cold Comfort Farm is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. This new Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Lynne Truss discussing Stella Gibbons's unconventional life and career and her joyously satirical voice. Stella Gibbons (1932-89) novelist, poet and short-story writer, was educated at North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the Evening Standard and published several books of poetry and short stories. If you enjoyed Cold Comfort Farm you might like George and Weedon Grossmith's Diary of a Nobody, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Brilliant ... very probably the funniest book ever written' Julie Burchill, Sunday Times 'Literary bliss' Guardian.
About the Author
Stella Dorothea Gibbons (1902 1989) was a novelist, poet, and short-story writer born in London. She went to the North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the "Evening Standard". Her first publication was a book of poems, "The Mountain Beast", and her first novel, "Cold Comfort Farm", won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize in 1933. Among her other novels are "Miss Linsey and Pa", "Nightingale Wood", "Westwood", "Conference at Cold Comfort Farm", and "Beside the Pearly Water". Her "Collected Poems" appeared in 1950.
LYNNE TRUSS is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller" Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door," and "The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels," "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," for which she won Britainas Book of the Year Award, has sold over three million copies worldwide. Truss is a regular host on BBC Radio 4, a "Times" (London) columnist, and the author of numerous radio comedy dramas.