Synopses & Reviews
The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. Theres only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men. Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, heres the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!
"[V]ery probably the funniest book ever written" The Sunday Times.
Winner of the 1933 Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, Cold Comfort Farm is a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930's. Flora Poste, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm, and becomes enmeshed in a web of violent emotions, despair, and scheming, until Flora manages to set things right.
"Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century." Nancy Pearl, NPR'sMorning Edition
The deliriously entertainingCold Comfort Farmis "very probably the funniest book ever written" (The Sunday Times, London), a hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence's and Thomas Hardy's earthy, melodramatic novels. When the recently orphaned socialite Flora Poste descends on her relatives at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm in deepest Sussex, she finds a singularly miserable group in dire need of her particular talent: organization.
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A hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardys earthy, melodramatic novels, the deliriously entertaining Cold Comfort Farm is very probably the funniest book ever written (The Sunday Times).
Stella Gibbons' novel is a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930s. Flora, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm.
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About the Author
Stella Gibbons (1902-1989), novelist, poet, and short-story writer, was born in London. Cold Comfort Farm, her first novel, won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize. Her other novels include Nightingale Wood, Westwood, and Beside the Pearly Waters.