Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

By Stella Gibbons; Alexander McCall Smith (Introduction by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143120117, 298pp.)

Publication Date: November 29, 2011

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Description
Available for the first time since its original publication more than fifty years ago, "Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm" is a charming collection whose hilarious title story features Christmas dinner with the Starkadders before Flora's arrival. With Adam playing Santa while draped in Mrs. Starkadders's shawls, the family shares their traditional "Christmas pudding"-a mElange containing random objects of doom foretelling the coming year: a coffin nail for death, a bad sixpence for financial ruin, and a menthol cone to indicate that the lucky recipient will go "blind wi' headache." These lively tales will delight anyone who loves Stella Gibbons and her signature wit.



About the Author
Stella Dorothea Gibbons (1902 1989) was a novelist, poet, and short-story writer born in London. 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", and her first novel, "Cold Comfort Farm", won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize in 1933. Among her other novels are "Miss Linsey and Pa", "Nightingale Wood", "Westwood", "Conference at Cold Comfort Farm", and "Beside the Pearly Water". Her "Collected Poems" appeared in 1950.

Alexander McCall Smith is the internationally best-selling author of numerous novels, including the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Formerly a professor of medical law, he now devotes himself to writing. He lives in Scotland.
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