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    DescriptionWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LYNNE TRUSS 'Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the twentieth century' The Times Set in wartime London, Westwood tells the story of Margaret Steggles, a plain bookish girl whose mother has told her that she is not the type that attracts men. Her schoolfriend Hilda has a sunny temperament and keeps her service boys 'ever so cheery'. When Margaret finds a ration book on Hampstead Heath the pompous writer Gerard Challis enters both their lives. Margaret slavishly adores Challis and his artistic circle; Challis idolises Hilda for her hair and her eyes and Hilda finds Gerard's romantic overtures a bit of a bind. This is a delightfully comic and wistful tale of love and longing.


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    Title
    Westwood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stella Gibbons, Introduction by Lynne Truss
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099528722
    ISBN 10: 009952872X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FB
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Vintage Classics
    Publication date
    05 September 2011
    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
    "Westwood captures the heart, right from its opening pages... as an account of what it was like to be an ordinary young woman in wartime London - no stockings, no chocolate, no men - it can hardly be bettered. How did it, I wonder, evade fresh new soft covers for so long?" -- Rachel Cooke Observer "A wartime masterpiece" Evening Standard "Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the 20th century" -- Lynne Truss "Gibbons was an acute and witty observer, and her dissection of the British class system is spot-on" Mail on Sunday "You show up a group of characters, all of whom are discontented and unhappy. Yet the feeling that comes through very powerfully is that life is wonderful, in spite of individual bitterness and frustration." -- Fan letter Letter to Stella Gibbons from Henry Parris
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    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LYNNE TRUSS 'Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the twentieth century' The Times Set in wartime London, Westwood tells the story of Margaret Steggles, a plain bookish girl whose mother has told her that she is 'not the type that attracts men'. Her schoolfriend Hilda has a sunny temperament and keeps her service boys ‘ever so cheery'. When Margaret finds a ration book on Hampstead Heath the pompous writer Gerard Challis enters both their lives. Margaret slavishly adores Challis and his artistic circle; Challis idolises Hilda for her hair and her eyes and Hilda finds Gerard's romantic overtures a bit of a bind. This is a delightfully comic and wistful tale of love and longing. See also: Starlight