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.
From the lady who brought us Cold Comfort Farm comes a slightly more serious, but no less sarcastic, novel. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Holly
It's every bit as good as Cold Comfort Farm. Knowing and charming, realistic, exasperated and in love with it's highly limited characters, and so well-written.Published 4 months ago by Annie Newman
My favorite Stella Gibbons novel, after Cold Comfort Farm, of course! Tons of fun and oddness, with plenty of romance.Published 6 months ago by Leslie
Talk about a boring story! Nothing really happens and I kept waiting for something interesting. I did read it all the way to the end, but I honestly can't recommend it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kini
This is a calm, easy going story about people daring to go after what they want. I say "calm" because it is a gentle and sometimes slow story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JAScribbles - Read, Review, Repeat
I love Cold Comfort Farm. Love love love it. Nightingale Wood is not quite as funny, but if you loved CCF, you'll like this. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elizabeth A. Austin
Stella Gibbons wrote in the late 1930s of a life that is about to disappear. Reading this delightful novel in the light of the shadow of the war adds to the pleasure of seeing a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Janeite
But with plenty of characters for whom the worm turns. A young widow comes to live with her husbands dry, cold, repressed relatives. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katherine G. Wilkins
This is a totally charming and enjoyable book. Not heavy at all, but not fluffy in the way that a lot of light novels can be. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J Johnson