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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
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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