Cold Comfort Farm

I saw something nasty in the woodshed...


Stella Gibbons


Longmans, London, 1933
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Printing Details

Early printing. Hardback, bound in the original yellow cloth with printed titling to spine and upper board. 19 × 12.5cm, 307pp.

In Gibbons's classic tale, a resourceful young heroine finds herself in the gloomy, overwrought world of a Hardy or Bronte novel and proceeds to organize everyone out of their romantic tragedies into the pleasures of normal life. Flora Poste, orphaned at 19, chooses to live with relatives at Cold Comfort Farm in Sussex, where cows are named Feckless, Aimless, Pointless, and Graceless, and the proprietors, the dour Starkadder family, are tyrannized by Flora's mysterious aunt, who controls the household from a locked room. Flora's confident and clever management of an alarming cast of eccentrics is only half the pleasure of this novel. The other half is Gibbons's wicked send-up of romantic cliches, from the mad woman in the attic to the druidical peasants with their West Country accents and mystical herbs.


A reading copy. The yellow cloth is rather grubby and the rear joint is frayed and open (though the spine still attached at the spine ends). There is a forward lean to the spine. However, the contents are in good readable condition.



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