Cold Comfort Farm

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Overview

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. A BBC Radio Presents dramatization featuring stirring music and sound ...
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Overview

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. A BBC Radio Presents dramatization featuring stirring music and sound effects.

A masterful satire on the English Gothic novel.

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Nancy Pearl
Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.
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The Independent
Delicious . . . Cold Comfort Farm has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792771135
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Stella Dorothea Gibbons, novelist, poet and short-story writer, was born in London in 1902. She went to the North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the Evening Standard.

Her first publication was a book of poems The Mountain Beast (1930) and her first novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932) won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize for 1933. Amongst her other novels are Miss Linsey and Pa (1936), Nightingale Wood (1938), Westwood (1946), Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1959) and Beside the Pearly Water (1954). Her Collected Poems appeared in 1950.

In 1933 she married the actor and singer Allan Webb, who died in 1959. They had one daughter. Stella Gibbons died in 1989.

Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal. Lynne Truss also hosted Cutting a Dash, a popular BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. She now reviews books for the Sunday Times of London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Brighton, England.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Cute and quirky

    Written as a parody of the sensationalized novels of the 1930s, Cold Comfort Farm is a short, funny, entertaining story. It all starts when orphaned Flora decides she would rather live off her relatives than find a job. After dashing off letters to her unsuspecting relations, she picks the Starkadder family of Cold Comfort Farm to move in with. The Starkadders are a bit of a backwards bunch: an oversexed brother, wild sister, and Bible thumping father, among others. They are all overseen by Flora's Great Aunt Ada Doom, who saw "something nasty in the woodshed" years before. Hilarity ensues as Flora attempts to clean up, domesticate, and civilize the Starkadder clan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    It should be noted somewhere on the edition of this book from bn

    It should be noted somewhere on the edition of this book from bn publishing that theirs is an abridged version, apparently for schools or English language learners. I bought it online because it was cheaper, not realizing. The book itself doesn't even say this. Loved the book, but wish I had read the whole thing...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    This is my favourite book of all time! The story is quite mad but ultra positive. If ever I'm feeling a bit down I listen to the audio version. I laugh out loud at this book! The story is one of chaos & order restored by Miss Flora Poste - she is a control freak but in the nicest way - if only it was that easy in the real World! The characters are extreme but are reflections of their place in time - it is a snapshot of the social difference between Town & Country during the early 20th Century.I adore this story & have DVD, audio & books. It is innocent but wickedly funny and Flora is working towards the fulfillment of the lives of the characters.In this edition there are excellent illustrations - 'Big Business' the bull is especially energetic! (The artist is not acknowledged?) The glossary is very useful for the uninitiated!!Thank you for this book,B&N.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    did you see something in the woodshed?

    i thought it was real good. it is something different from what i usually read, but its real nice. it is very British-y!! cool! üü maganda

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Brilliantly Funny

    It isn't often that I give a book five stars, but this is so hilarious and well-written it deserves nothing less.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Quirky

    We read this for our book group. It was okay, but not great. The characters are quirky and there are many British references that were confusing. The book is a quick read, but left me unsatisfied. I didn't really care about the characters and was really only interested in finding out what Aunt Ada saw in the wood shed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    good satire

    Overall I enjoyed the book. I was diappointed by something in the end. But that did not stop me from enjoying it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    This is a keeper!

    What a hoot! I took this book on a beach vacation this past year and it was the perfect read for relaxing in the sun. I loved the characters, they are totally outlandish! I recommend it to anyone who likes old classics because this one makes fun of them all.

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