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    DescriptionA witty portrait of rural England in the early twentieth century, the "Penguin Classics" edition of Stella Gibbons' "Cold Comfort Farm" is introduced by Lynne Truss, author of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves". When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organise other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and ruthless parody of rural melodramas and purple prose, "Cold Comfort Farm" is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. This new "Penguin Classics" edition includes an introduction by Lynne Truss discussing Stella Gibbons' unconventional life and career and her joyously satirical voice. Stella Gibbons (1932-89) novelist, poet and short-story writer, was educated at North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the "Evening Standard" and published several books of poetry and short stories. If you enjoyed "Cold Comfort Farm" you might like George and Weedon Grossmith's "Diary of a Nobody", also available in "Penguin Classics". "Brilliant ...very probably the funniest book ever written". (Julie Burchill, "Sunday Times"). "Literary bliss". ("Guardian").


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    Title
    Cold Comfort Farm
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stella Gibbons, Introduction by Lynne Truss
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141441597
    ISBN 10: 0141441593
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    DC22: 823.912
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
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    LC classification: PR6013.I24 C6 2006
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FU, FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    25 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Stella Dorothea Gibbons, novelist, poet and short-story writer, was born in London in 1902. Her first novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932) won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize for 1933. Amongst her other novels are Miss Linsey and Pa (1936), Nightingale Wood (1938), Westwood (1946), Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1959) and Beside the Pearly Water (1954). Stella Gibbons died in 1989. Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist. She is the author of the number one bestseller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which has sold more than two million copies, won the national British Book Award, and was on the New York Times bestseller list or forty-five weeks. She lives in Brighton, England.
    Review quote
    ? Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.? ?Nancy Pearl, NPR's "Morning Edition"? Delicious . . . "Cold Comfort Farm" has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh's "Scoop".? ?"The Independent" (London)