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A Pink Front Door

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James's gesture with the key was cautious because he was not always sure of who or what he would find in the hall when he got in. It might be someone in tears, or someone asleep while they filled up time waiting to catch a train, or someone drunk.

James Muir has reason to be cautious about entering his own home. His wife Daisy just can't resist solving everyone else's probl
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Hardcover, First edition, 255 pages
Published 1959 by Hodder and Stoughton
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Louise Culmer
Mar 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Daisy likes to help people, so many of them that you never really get to know any of the characters very well, because in the each chapter there’s a new one. It is fairly entertaining, but I felt on finishing it the way I always feel when I finish another Stella Gibbons novel, that if she had never written anything again after Cold Comfort Farm it wouldn’t really matter.
Michael
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this! Reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor in a way, weaving in and out of characters' lives and thoughts. I loved Molly, the protagonist's "aging" friend, who is desperate for love (my favorite type of character in any book or movie is a delusional one).

I'm staying away from "Cold Comfort Farm" because it seems to be her best, and I don't want her other works to live in its shadow! The only other Stella Gibbons I've read is "Starlight" which, for me, didn't work as well as "A Pink Fr
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Davida Chazan
4.5/5 Another delightful re-release by Dean Street Press of a well-known female British author. My review of this book is here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2020/12/2... ...more
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Reviews and more on my blog: Entering the Enchanted Castle

Sometimes all I want from a book is to spend time with some new people, living into their lives and their problems. Not extremely challenging people or dark and twisted problems, just people with enough quirkiness to raise them above the merely mundane, and lift me out of my everyday existence for awhile without making me wrap my head around an utterly different world.

This is such a book, a set of character studies loosely connected with
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Jane
Apr 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything by Stella Gibbons is worth a read, and this later novel is a solid one. Gibbons could skewer a character with a single word or phrase - here a clinging vine of a young woman is doubly murdered by her pronunciation of "sexshually" and her habit of bidding people goodbye in all seriousness, saying "God be with you." Oy. Jane Austen couldn't have done it better. ...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,
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