Cold Comfort Farm

by Stella Gibbons

Cold Comfort Farm

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When a well-educated young socialite in 1930s England is left orphaned and unable to support herself at age twenty-two, she moves in with her eccentric relatives on their farm. Reissue.

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Country Cousins: 3 Books About Rural Living

Stella Gibbons has plenty of sass. She was writing in the 1930s, when the "local color" movement glossed all things rural with sentiment, and farms were described without even a whiff of manure. Her comic novel Cold Comfort Farm stuck a pin in the balloon of idyllic country living. Featuring the Starkadder family, the cast includes oversexed farmhands Seth and Reuben, crazy Great Aunt Ada in the attic, and their sensible city-dweller cousin Flora Poste, who is capable of "every art

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