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Erament and keeps her service boys 'ever so cheery' When Margaret finds a ration book on Hampstead Heath the pompous writer Gerard Challis enters both their lives Margaret slavishly adores Challis. Stella Gibbons is now really only known for one novel her first Cold Comfort Farm It would be easy to dismiss her as a one hit wonder but she actually wrote over 20

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Westwood or The Gentle Powers

Set in wartime London Westwood tells the story of Margaret Steggles a plain bookish girl whose mother has told her that she is not the type that attracts men Her schoolfriend Hilda has a sunny temp. Cold Comfort Farm is one of my most reread books but Westwood was Stella Gibbons own favourite among her novels It s darker and pointedly feminist set in wartime

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And his artistic circle; Challis idolises Hilda for her hair and her eyes and Hilda finds Gerard's romantic overtures a bit of a bind This is a delightfully comic and wistful tale of love and longi. I am a little puzzled by this novel which is very different to Cold Comfort Farm and seuels the only other Stella Gibbons I ve read Westwood at times reads


10 thoughts on “Westwood or The Gentle Powers

  1. says:

    If Cold Comfort Farm was a high point of a peculiar kind of class based English humour then this is the low point of an author who hits you on the head with her absolutely humourless opinions on class beauty and stupid women This is so bad it leaves you wondering how anyone this awful actually had it in them to write a masterpiece

  2. says:

    Cold Comfort Farm is one of my most reread books but Westwood was Stella Gibbons' own favourite among her novels It's darker and pointedly feminist set in wartime proper rather than a fictionalised near future 1940s and provides a fascinating minor key mirror to CCF Margaret is almost an anti Flora Poste the outsider drawn in not to sort ever

  3. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 ExtraIn 1943 bomb hit London teacher Margaret Steggles falls under the spell of the wealthy Challis family Episode 2Teacher Margaret Steggles wonders if pompous playwright Gerald Challis really is the man of her dreamsStars Juliet Aubreyhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb01322b0

  4. says:

    Stella Gibbons is now really only known for one novel her first Cold Comfort Farm It would be easy to dismiss her as a one hit wonder but she a

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this book it tells the story of two friends Margaret and Hilda and of their lives and those people who they meet during the Second World War However it is not a blow by blow account of life day to day about the interactions between people and how those relationships go on to either mean something or do notThis book was written after the war in the mid 1940's and that is reflected in the style of writing Margaret

  6. says:

    I was surprised to read a couple of negative reviews of this book as I absolutely loved it although its 30 years since I read Cold Comfort Farm so in that respect I can't make a comparison There are wonderful social observations and some very funny passages I disagree with some reviews on that all of the characters are unsympathetic They a

  7. says:

    I am a little puzzled by this novel which is very different to Cold Comfort Farm and seuels the only other Stella Gibbons I’ve read ‘Westwood’ at times reads like an arch and witty satire but at others like a depressing family

  8. says:

    I like the blurb on the edition I read Stella Gibbons is the Austen of the 20th centuryIt's great to see she seems to be having a come back with her other books and won't just be remembered for the brilliant Cold Comfort Farm

  9. says:

    The plot is minimal there is much telling not showing and too many authorial interruptions but my gosh the characters they are fabulou

  10. says:

    This is good and some of the sarcastic bits about the very annoying Mr Challis are very funny but it's no Cold Comfort Farm It's unfortunate when someone's first book is so much successful than all their others She's a good writer though and this is very interesting from a setting point of view as it's post Blitz but before the doodlebug raids and you don't often get a book set in the war I think it was written in 1946