Cold Comfort Farm

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Penguin Books, 1932 - Fiction - 232 pages
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Winner of the 1933 Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, 'Cold Comfort Farm' is a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930?s. Flora Poste, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of 'Cold Comfort Farm,' and becomes enmeshed in a web of violent emotions, despair, and scheming, until Flora manages to set things right. A BBC Radio Presents dramatization featuring stirring music and sound effects.

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

I love Stella Gibbons' deliberately over-the-top prose and the way she marks particularly egregious examples with asterisks, for the benefit of reviewers. The made-up farm words are fabulous and so is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Herenya - LibraryThing

It took me a long time to finish Cold Comfort Farm, mostly because I had seen the adaptation and already knew, more or less, what happens. I am glad I persevered. One thing I didn't realise from the ... Read full review

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Stella Gibbons was born on January 5, 1902 in London. She married Allan Bourne Webb in 1933 and had one child. Raised in a poor and unhappy home, she used her vivid imagination as a means of escape, often telling stories to entertain her younger brothers and other children in the neighborhood. She held numerous jobs including drama critic, reporter, and fashion writer and was a frequent contributor to magazines such as Punch and Tattler, writing short stories and poetry. Gibbons is best known for her novel Cold Comfort Farm. A satirical portrait of rural British life in the 1930's, it won the Femina Vie Heureuse prize in 1933. In the book, Flora, a socialite, is orphaned and forced to live with relatives in the country. Flora tries to bring order and sense to the gloomy Starkadders on Cold Comfort Farm. To the delight of readers, this novel has been adapted several times as successful British films. Stella Gibbons died on December 19, 1989 in London.

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