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Longmans, Green & Co., London, 1950. New Impression (stated), March 1950. Blue cloth, silver letters. Crisp white pages. Small previous sellers price-mark in pencil, top corner of fff. No other markings, tightly bound. Spine is slanted, and has moderate sun-fade. Silver letters are still bright and legible. 307 pages.
Cold Comfort Farm is a comic novel by English author Stella Gibbons, published in 1932. It parodies the romanticised, sometimes doom-laden accounts of rural life popular at the time.
The story was set in the future. Although the book was published in 1932, the setting is an unspecified near future, sometime after 1946 as an "Anglo-Nicaraguan War" of that year is alluded to in the experiences of some characters
The book contains technological developments that Gibbons thought might have been invented by then, such as TV phones and air–taxis and also refers to future social/demographic changes, such as the degradation of Mayfair into a slum district. Some of the book's attitudes to class and Jews might seem archaic to modern readers, but would not seem exceptional to the original readers.