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- Publisher: Vintage Classics
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 30mm | 300g
- Publication date: 23 October 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099529327
- ISBN 13: 9780099529323
- Sales rank: 223,586
In St Alberics, Hertfordshire, stands a newly built family home: Sunglades. Its seven rooms house Kenneth and Constance Fielding, middle-aged bachelor and spinster, along with Kenneth's old flame, an industrious Balkan exile, a young economist and the Fieldings' raffish father. Together they attempt to create a rural idyll precariously close to the remains of blitzed London.
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Stella Gibbons was born in London in 1902. 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. Stella Gibbons is the author of twenty-five novels, three volumes of short-stories, and four volumes of poetry. Her first publication was a book of poems The Mountain Beast (1930) and her first novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932) won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize for 1933. Amongst her works are Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm (1940) Westwood (1946), Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1959) and Starlight (1967). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1950. In 1933 she married the actor and singer Allan Webb. They had one daughter. Stella Gibbons died in 1989.
"[Gibbons has] a marvellous eye for the social scene - no-one is more accurate" "Chipper is the word: Gibbons's heroines are plucky, determined and quietly hedonistic. But she can do melancholy with the best of them, too, not to mention melodrama" Guardian "Stella Gibbons...an exception to that old canard: women can't make us laugh" Independent "The Jane Austen of the 20th century" -- Lynne Truss "Stella is stellar" Sunday Herald
Stella Gibbons an exception to that old canard: women can't make us laugh
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'Chipper is the word: Gibbons's heroines are plucky, determined and quietly hedonistic. But she can do melancholy with the best of them, too, not to mention melodrama' Guardian Brother and sister, Constance and Kenneth Fielding live in calm respectability, just out of reach of London and the Blitz. But when a series of uninvited guests converge upon them from a Balkan exile to Kens old flame and the siblings own raffish father the household struggles to preserve its precious peace. In this full house, in a quiet corner of suburbia, no one expects to find romance.