Conference at Cold Comfort Farm

Conference at Cold Comfort Farm

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By (author) Stella Gibbons, Introduction by Alexander McCall Smith, Introduction by Libby Purves

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 14mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099528681
  • ISBN 13: 9780099528685
  • Sales rank: 62,557

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Robert Poste's child is back at Cold Comfort Farm. But all is not well. Flora finds the farm transformed into a twee haven filled with Toby jugs and peasant pottery, and rooms labelled 'Quiete Retreate' and 'Greate laundrie'. It is, Flora winces, 'exactly like being locked in the Victoria and Albert Museum after closing time'. Worse, the farm is hosting a conference of the pretentious International Thinkers Group - a group made up of the 'sadistic owl' Mr Peccavi, loathsome Mr Mybug and the overpowering Mrs Ernestine Thump. And worst of all, there are no Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. All the he-cousins have gone abroad to make their fortunes and the female cousins are having a pretty thin time of it. Once again the sensible Flora decides to take the situation in hand.

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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.

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"Gibbons was an acute and witty observer, and her dissection of the British class system is spot-on." Mail on Sunday "Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the twentieth century" Lynne Truss "Most of us wish we knew a real Flora Poste who could put straight our pretzeled lives" -- Julie Birchill Sunday Times

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LIBBY PURVES 'Most of us wish we knew a real Flora Poste who could put straight our pretzeled lives' Julie Birchill, Sunday Times In this brilliant sequel, Robert Poste’s child is back at Cold Comfort Farm. But all is not well. Flora finds the farm transformed into a twee haven filled with Toby jugs and peasant pottery. It is, Flora winces, ‘exactly like being locked in the Victoria and Albert Museum after closing time’. Worse , the farm is hosting a conference of the pretentious International Thinkers Group. And worst of all, there are no Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. All the he-cousins have gone abroad to make their fortunes and the female cousins are having a pretty thin time of it. Once again the sensible Flora decides to take the situation in hand. See also: Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm