Cold Comfort Farm (Paperback)
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Cold Comfort Farm (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 26/10/2006
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A witty portrait of rural England in the early twentieth century, the Penguin Classics edition of Stella Gibbons's 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's 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

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141441597
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
a Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.a
aNancy Pearl, NPRas "Morning Edition"
a Delicious . . . "Cold Comfort Farm" has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waughas "Scoop,"a
a"The Independent" (London)
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)
? 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)

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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
Helpful? Upvote 19

“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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