One of the BBC's '100 Novels that Shaped the World', A Hay Festival and The Poole VOTE 100 BOOKS for Women Selection/ A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas and one of the best-loved comic novels of all time,Cold Comfort Farmby Stella Gibbons is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. Sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste has been expensively educated to do everything but earn a living. When she is orphaned at twenty, she decides her only option is to descend on relatives - the doomed Starkadders at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm. There is Judith in a scarlet shawl, heaving with remorse for an unspoken wickedness; raving old Ada Doom, who once saw something nasty in the woodshed; lustful Seth and despairing Reuben, Judith's two sons; and there is Amos, preaching fire and damnation to one and all. As the sukebind flowers, Flora takes each of the family in hand and brings order to their chaos.