Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

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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 organize other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. Includes an introduction by Lynne Truss, and a letter from the author to Anthony Pookworthy in the foreword.

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The 502nd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 92nd on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  2. - 92nd on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  3. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  4. - The Best Classics (The Times)

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