Westwood (Paperback)
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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 04/08/2011
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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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099528722
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


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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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“Not quite Cold Comfort”

Set during WWII this is a very sweet story of Margaret Steggles and her relationships with the Challis family. Stella Gibbons is best known for her Cold Comfort Farm, but with the reissue of her other works such as... More

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“Joyous!”

First book, that, I have read by Stella Gibbons. Choose this one over her others, including her more famous one-Cold Comfort Farm.
Plain girl is the lead in this book. Whilst the lead's friend is the pretty one.... More

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