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Cold Comfort Farm

by Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on Cold Comfort Farm

Playful and ironic, witty and warm-hearted, Stella Gibbons gives us her debut novel and the masterpiece that is Cold Comfort Farm. When sophisticated and educated socialite Flora Poste is orphaned at 19 with little income, she descends upon her relatives the gloomy Starkadders in deepest rural Sussex.

A veritable bunch of misfits with melodrama galore, the family is taken under the wing of Flora as she looks to release everyone and everything from the clutches of her Aunt Ada Doom and fix their social, sexual and psychological issues. A brilliantly funny tale.

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Cold Comfort Farm Synopsis

One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'

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.

'Screamingly funny and wildly subversive' Marian Keyes, Guardian

The Penguin Classics edition of Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm is introduced by Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

If you enjoyed Cold Comfort Farm you might like George and Weedon Grossmith's Diary of a Nobody, also available in Penguin Classics.

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Cold Comfort Farm Press Reviews

'Brilliant ... very probably the funniest book ever written' Sunday Times 

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ISBN: 9780241418895
Publication date: 30/01/2020
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241418895
Publication date: 30th January 2020
Author: Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Classics, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss

Stella Dorothea Gibbons, novelist, poet and short-story writer, was born in London in 1902. Her first novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932) won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize for 1933. Other standout novels include Miss Linsey and Pa (1936), Nightingale Wood (1938), Westwood (1946), Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1959) and Beside the Pearly Water (1954). Stella Gibbons died in 1989.

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