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Simon

Love this novel :) Oddly, though, I don't think I've read any of the rural/rustic novels it satires. Still works, though.

Peter the flautist

Yes I love this book too, and I thought the BBC TV adaption was pretty faithful to the original. Dark Puss also agrees wholeheartedly with the concept of dining quietly with intellegent [wo]men. Gibbons wrote many other books including volumes of poetry, but in this respect I think she has become more or less invisible. Have you read any of her other work?

Rebecca

I really must obtain a copy, I have never read this book, despite knowing the story well, off to do some virtual book shopping...

rosie

We've got the same edition as each other (that very 70s artwork)! Mine was a present from my Dad, who (corrcectly) thought it would cheer me up on a wet, gloomy, revising for exams weekend.

Vivienne

I have to boast a little and say that mine is a 1930s Penguin with a dustwrapper that I found for 50p at a school jumble sale. It has always been one of my favourite books, and was a useful corrective when I was a teenager living in extreme rural isolation, rather too inclined to drift off into the woods to Think Deep Thoughts. Fortunately I decided that I would rather be Flora than Elfine, and began to laugh at myself.

Harriet

I haven't read this for years but am encouraged to do so now. I always believed it was a parody of Mary Webb's Precious Bane, but the Lawrence connection sounds right too.

Peter the flautist

Also influenced by T Hardy I am sure.

Sarah

I've loved this uproariously funny novel since I first read it. Flora's certainties, Mr Mybug's Bronte book, Aunt Ada's something nasty in the woodshed... your post makes me think a re-read is on the horizon.

It would be interesting to read some of Stella Gibbons other work, but it seems to be out of print and hard to find.

Barbara

One of my favourite books. D H Lawrence and Mary Webb have been mentioned. Sheila Kaye Smith was a big influence and hers are Sussex novels. If you read Green Apple Harvest, for instance, you find that Stella Gibbons hardly needed to exagerrate!

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