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Cold Comfort Farm - Penguin Essentials (Paperback)
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Cold Comfort Farm - Penguin Essentials (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 07/04/2011
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A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas and one of the best-loved comic novels of all time, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.'We are not like other folk, maybe, but there have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm...'Sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste has been expensively educated to do everything but earn a living. When she is orphaned at twenty, she decides her only option is to descend on relatives - the doomed Starkadders at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm.There is Judith in a scarlet shawl, heaving with remorse for an unspoken wickedness; raving old Ada Doom, who once saw something nasty in the woodshed; lustful Seth and despairing Reuben, Judith's two sons; and there is Amos, preaching fire and damnation to one and all. As the sukebind flowers, Flora takes each of the family in hand and brings order to their chaos.Cold Comfort Farm is a sharp and clever parody of the melodramatic and rural novel.'Very probably the funniest book ever written' Sunday Times 'Screamingly funny and wildly subversive' Marian Keyes, Guardian'Delicious ... Cold Comfort Farm has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop' Independent 'One of the finest parodies written in English...a wickedly brilliant skit' Robert Macfarlane, Guardian Stella Gibbons was born in London in 1902. She went to North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the Evening Standard. Her first publication was a book of poems, The Mountain Beast (1930), and her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize. Amongst her other novels are Miss Linsey and Pa (1936), Nightingale Wood (1938), Westwood (1946), Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1949) and Beside the Pearly Water (1954). Stella Gibbons died in 1989.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241951514
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Very probably the funniest book ever written * Sunday Times *
Screamingly funny and wildly subversive -- Marian Keyes * Guardian *
Delicious ... Cold Comfort Farm has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop' * Independent *
One of the finest parodies written in English...a wickedly brilliant skit -- Robert Macfarlane * Guardian *

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“Carry On Scranleting”

This is a review of the Penguin edition with a twelve-page introduction by Lynne Truss. I came to this novel cold and without any preconceptions. I had heard of the title but did not know what it was about or indeed... More

Paperback edition
6th November 2013
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“Hilarious!”

Cold Comfort Farm nestled amongst a list of Forsters, Hemingways, Greenes and the like as books we should read, given to us by an English teacher in sixth form. Not having a clue it was a rip-roaring parody, I picked... More

Paperback edition
20th December 2013
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“Cold Comfort Farm”

This is a classic parody of romantic novels, with a ludicrous plot and comic style. Newly orphaned Flora Poste moves to her relatives’ farm in the countryside and sets about righting all the problems which rural life... More

Paperback edition
21st July 2013
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