The Rich House

The Rich House

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By (author) Stella Gibbons

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 26mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099560526
  • ISBN 13: 9780099560524
  • Sales rank: 286,437

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Set on the eve of World War II in a resort on the east coast of England, The Rich House follows the love affairs of six young people and their intertwined adorations. Encircling their lives is Archibald Early, a once-famous actor, his housekeeper and his grandson Ted. These three tip the balance, and relationships shift, but even war cannot halt the passions of the young.

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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

"It ought not to be forgotten that Miss Gibbons is a poet as well as a novelist... She sees idiosyncrasy in nature and humanity, and makes both live" Observer "Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the 20th century" -- Lynn Truss