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- Publisher: Vintage Classics
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 14mm | 159g
- Publication date: 28 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099529351
- ISBN 13: 9780099529354
- Sales rank: 373,085
The Club in central London holds the quarters of Queen Victoria's finest regiment: the First Bloods. Inside the mighty building, with its two exquisite glass towers, the First Bloods and their regimental servants tussle over a portion of recreational ground. Amidst the rows and rumbles - and remarkable punishments - is a mocking and piquant observation of factious all-male societies.
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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.
"Stella Gibbons's gift is very special" Daily Express "[Gibbons] has not only charm but something far better, perspicacity" -- Elizabeth Bowen Tatler "[Gibbons has] a marvellous eye for the social scene - no-one is more accurate" -- John Braine, author of Room at the Top