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Westwood | Stella Gibbons
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LYNNE TRUSS 'Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the twentieth century' The Times 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 temperament 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 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 longing.
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Westwood | Stella Gibbons
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More mystery book mail from Book Depository! ❤️

Who sent this lovely little number to me? I have a hunch but let‘s see… 👀

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 8mo
IndoorDame Great cover! 8mo
Amiable I love that cover. 8mo
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BiblioLitten 😍😍 8mo
batsy That's from me, Leah! 😆 It gets mixed reviews but I really enjoyed #spinsterlit Hope you do, too! 8mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @IndoorDame @Amiable @BiblioLitten It‘s a great cover, isn‘t it? 😊 8mo
LeahBergen @batsy Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😘😘 And you KNOW I can‘t resist a good #SpinsterLit, either! 😆The description sounds right up my alley; I know I‘m going to really enjoy it! 8mo
batsy @LeahBergen You're most welcome! ❤️ 8mo
Gissy Beautiful cover😍❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
Cathythoughts Very lovely gift 💫 8mo
LeahBergen @Gissy It‘s so pretty! 😊 8mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m thrilled! 😊😊 8mo
BookBabe Pretty cover! The premise sounds interesting too. 🙂 8mo
Suet624 Such a pretty cover. I‘m missing those colors in my snowy world right now. 8mo
Centique Oh it‘s gorgeous! 8mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Me, too! 🙄 8mo
LeahBergen @Centique I could crawl right into that scene. 😄 8mo
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Westwood | Stella Gibbons
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Congrats on your Litsy milestone @DGRachel & thanks for the #ShareTheLitsyLove giveaway. The genre I love the most is not really a genre, but I call it #spinsterlit. Books featuring odd women alone; outsiders because they're too passionate, too quiet, too good. Some just want to be a witch in the woods. These are women who don't adjust to society & I find that fascinating. Recommending these books is interesting; people have varied reactions 😬

JaclynW I love your genre description! I'm sold. 😊 I haven't read any of these. 5y
kalinichta I absolutely want #spinsterlit to be a real genre. 5y
quietjenn Yes! I ❤️ this non-genre, too. 5y
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batsy @JaclynW Thanks 😁 When done well they're really some of my favourite books. 5y
JaclynW @batsy Have you watched A Quiet Passion on Netflix? It's about Emily Dickinson. I like it for all the reasons you listed above in your description. I think this fits in your #spinsterlit (but real life obviously). You might like it. 5y
Jas16 This should totally be a genre. Love this 5y
readordierachel ❤ everything about this post 5y
batsy @JaclynW I've been meaning to but I haven't yet! Thank you for the reminder; love anything Dickinson and it sounds right up my street ☺ 5y
rubyslippersreads These are all on my TBR list. 😊 5y
batsy @Jas16 @ReadOrDieRachel 💕 In my fantasy where I own a bookshop I've already set up this shelf 😁 5y
readinginthedark 😂Spinster lit! ❤️ 5y
emilyhaldi Oooohhh love this!! 5y
LeahBergen I‘m so in the Spinster Lit fan club. 👏🏻👏🏻 5y
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you, I was just gonna suggest that we all start a We Love Spinsters club. But I think we should stick to the name Spinster Lit fan club instead 😂😂💜 5y
SandyW Add my signature to the petition... #spinsterlit 5y
batsy 👍😀 @SandyW 5y
rohit-sawant Love this post! There should totally be a SpinsterLit shelf in bookstores. 5y
DGRachel I love this! 5y
batsy @rohit-sawant @DGRachel 💕 5y
kspenmoll ❤️ 5y
batsy @kspenmoll ☺💕 5y
youneverarrived I need to read these! 5y
batsy @youneverarrived I might be biased, but they're all pretty special :) 5y
LeahBergen Yes ... the first name might sound slightly fetishistic. 😆 5y
kspenmoll @batsy @LeahBergen Wonderful idea!!! Spinster Lit club😀❤️ (edited) 5y
Leftcoastzen Yay ,Spinster Lit! 5y
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Westwood | Stella Gibbons
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Westwood was written by the author of Cold Comfort Farm. The main character is Margaret Steggles, who everyone thinks of as a plain, bookish girl and to whom no one pays much attention.

I remember certain details of this book, but what stands out for me is that this is a book with a lot of heart. A slow burner of a book and something just a little bit different.

Mamashep Ermagawd - I loved Cold Comfort Farm. Will have to get this one! 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled CCF has been lurking in my TBR for a while. This one looks good too! 5y
Libby1 @Mamashep - this one is more subdued but just as clever and as heartfelt. 5y
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Libby1 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - it has a quirky, very British humour. I didn't get it at first but once I did I loved it! 5y
LeahBergen Oooo! I'll be needing this one. 5y
Libby1 @LeahBergen - I hope you'll like it! 5y
RidgewayGirl I loved Cold Comfort Farm! I'll have to find a copy of this. 5y
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Westwood | Stella Gibbons
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Here are a few red spined Vintage books. I adored all 3 of these but Westwood was something different and special. A real slow burner.