Brother and sister, Constance and Kenneth Fielding live in calm respectability, just out of reach of London and the Blitz. But when a series of uninvited guests converge upon them – from a Balkan exile to Ken’s old flame and the siblings’ own raffish father – the household struggles to preserve its precious peace. In this full house, in a quiet corner of suburbia, no one expects to find romance.
Chipper is the word: Gibbons's heroines are plucky, determined and quietly hedonistic. But she can do melancholy with the best of them, too, not to mention melodrama
Stella Gibbons…an exception to that old canard: women can't make us laugh
The Jane Austen of the 20th century
Stella is stellar
It might not be snowing yet, and you may have to work until the 24th, but you can still get into the festive spirit early with our selection of Christmas and holiday-related reads.