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    DescriptionUprooted from war-torn London, Alda Lucie-Brown and her three daughters start a new life at Pine Cottage in rural Sussex. Unsuited to a quiet life, Alda attempts to orchestrate - with varying degrees of success - the love affairs of her neighbours. Her unwilling subjects include an Italian POW, a Communist field-hand, a battery-chicken farmer and her intelligent friend Jean.


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    Title
    The Matchmaker
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stella Gibbons
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099529330
    ISBN 10: 0099529335
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 823.912
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Vintage Classics
    Publication date
    23 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "Her character drawing is perfection, and her sense of fun too subtle to permit quotation" James Agate, author of Ego "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
    Review text
    Stella is stellar
    Back cover copy
    Uprooted from war-torn London, Alda Lucie-Brown and her three daughters start a new life at Pine Cottage in rural Sussex. Unsuited to a quiet life, Alda attempts to orchestrate - with varying degrees of success - the love affairs of her neighbours. Her unwilling subjects include an Italian POW, a Communist field-hand, a battery-chicken farmer and her intelligent friend Jean.