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Nightingale Wood

Stella Gibbons

2 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

A modern, satirical fairytale by the author of COLD COMFORT FARM

Life is not quite a fairytale for poor Viola. Left penniless, the young widow is forced to live with her late husband s family in a joyless old house. There s Mr Wither, a tyrannical old miser, Mrs Wither, who thinks Viola is just a common shop girl, and two unlovely sisters-in-law, one of whom is in love with the chauffeur. Only the prospect of the charity ball can raise Viola s spirits - especially as Victor Spring, the local prince charming, will be there. But Victor s intentions towards our Cinderella are, in short, not quite honourable...

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Praise for Nightingale Wood

  • NIGHTINGALE WOOD is in essence, a sprawling, delightful, eccentric fairy tale . . . There is romance galore, a transformative dress, and a ball, much dizzy kissing in hedgerows and beyond, spying, retribution and runaways, fights and a fire, poetry and heartbreak, a few weddings AND funerals, and a fairytale ending with a twist. What luxury to stumble upon this quirky book, and the fascinating modern woman who wrote it. It is a rare unadulterated pleasure and high time for its encore - Sophie Dahl

  • NIGHTINGALE WOOD is in essence, a sprawling, delightful, eccentric fairy tale . . . There is romance galore, a transformative dress, and a ball, much dizzy kissing in hedgerows and beyond, spying, retribution and runaways, fights and a fire, poetry and heartbreak, a few weddings AND funerals, and a fairytale ending with a twist. What luxury to stumble upon this quirky book, and the fascinating modern woman who wrote it. It is a rare unadulterated pleasure and high time for its encore - Sophie Dahl

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