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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The Tower Guesthouse lies nestled between the beech woods of Buckinghamshire. It is run by the unlikely partnership of balmy Miss Padsoe and young, cockney Miss Baker - divided by class and age, they are determined to dislike each other. Through their tale and the interwoven tribulations of two young lovers, Gibbons' sparkling novel explores the heart of friendship and wha...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published June 13th 1944 by Longmans (first published 1934)
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Enjoyed this, but it's far from being my favorite Gibbons. She sets up this very fun story in which a Cockney woman goes to the country to run a B&B with a fallen gentlewoman, but suddenly takes a detour into a rather boring and depressing love story with a couple of fairly unlikable people. I would have liked it a lot more if she'd stuck with the characters she started out with instead of getting sidetracked with a pretty run-of-the-mill romance.
What a pleasure it is when a really good writer whose works have been largely out of print has a publishing renaissance.
Such is the case with Stella Gibbons. Cold Comfort Farm is what everyone knows her for, but she wrote close to 50 other novels,
and if Bassett is anything to go by, they're worth reprinting.
Louise Culmer
This books consists of two intertwined stories which really have very little to do with each other. One is delightful, about a tough, strong minded single lady from London, and a dithery, gentle single lady who lives in genteel poverty in the country, who join forces to open a guest house. The other story, by contrast, is very dull, a love affair between two not very interesting young people, which failed to engage me at all, especially irritating is the young man, who is nervous, neurotic and r...more
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Stella Dorothea Gibbons was an English novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer.

Her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm, won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize for 1933. A satire and parody of the pessimistic ruralism of Thomas Hardy, his followers and especially Precious Bain by Mary Webb -the "loam and lovechild" genre, as some called it, Cold Comfort Farm introduces a self-confident young woman,...more
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