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Cold Comfort Farm

by Stella Gibbons

Truthfully, I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I don't remember what made me read it initially except that I spotted it secondhand and thought I would give it a go! I'm glad that I did!

The book is a parody of the country tales of the likes of D.H. Lawrence or the society novels of Jane Austen, and a complete breath of fresh air. A wonderful array of eccentric characters lead us through a plot which is full of humour and little mysteries, including the 'something nasty in the woodshed' witnessed by Ada Doom more than seventy years ago.

Young Flora Poste finds herself an orphan at age 20 and moves to the country to live with her remaining family, the curious Starkadders. Thinking I might find Flora a pretentious society girl, it was lovely to discover her resilience and practicality in dealing with her family and the challenges brought about by their various quirks.

By the end of the book I had grown to love the characters and was willing along the happy ending which I felt Flora deserved. The book completely won me over and is now one of my favourites, testimony to the writing of Stella Gibbons.

Suggested by Katherine, Norwich

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