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Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

Despite being a book lover and, god forbid, a Librarian! I am NOT a big reader of Classics. In fact, I prefer it if they’re turned into films. I love a good costume drama!

However, there was just something about this book that made me borrow it. Perhaps it was the cover. I do like a book with a good cover. To be honest, in the beginning it was the cover, but then I read the blurb and met Flora Poste and her relatives the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. I took Cold Comfort Farm away with me over my Easter holidays and I meant to read it, classic or not.

Once I’d started the book and got used to the difference in language (it was first published in 1932) I really started to enjoy it. The characters were delightful, the plot wonderful and to my surprise, it was funny!

I’m wondering how many other great stories I have dismissed, simply because they are “classics”. It is time to broaden my horizons and challenge myself with my reading.

Cold Comfort Farm gets 4 stars from me.

On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwen

On Chesil Beach book coverI picked up On Chesil Beach on Tuesday night and finished reading it before work on Wednesday morning. It’s an absolutely delightful read but heartwrenchingly sad. Well written, wonderful imagery and two beautiful but inexperienced main characters. This is the second novel of Ian McEwan’s that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.

4 stars.