Christmas Eve

Lucy Mangan writes on the website of Penguin Books:

“But you also need a laugh and there is no better place to turn than to Stella Gibbons, who revisits (in a short story set before the revolutionary arrival of Flora Poste) the scene of her most famous creation; the seat of the Starkadders, Cold Comfort Farm. ‘It was Christmas Eve,’ runs the opening line. ‘Dusk, a filthy mantle, lay over Sussex…’ Mould is being scraped off a jar of mincemeat, Adam is dressed as Santa Claus and preparing to fill the stockings that night ‘if I’m spared.’ And you know you are back in safe satirical hands once more.”

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