'He wanted very large sums of money, the friendship of titled and distinguished men, the love of beautiful women who were also famous. He was twenty, and his dreams were titanic.'
Ticky's father has bought him a position in Queen Victoria's most famous regiment: the First Bloods. Spending his last pennies on lavish accommodation and a fine stallion, Ticky arrives at The Club: the mighty glass towers in central London where the First Bloods reign supreme. Here, dressed in their violet cloth and copper lace, the First Bloods and their regimental servants fight over a portion of recreational ground, row over rituals, and dole out extraordinary punishments.
Satirising the pomp of all-male military societies, Ticky was Gibbons' own favourite of her novels.
'Gibbons proves herself to possess a natural and effortless talent for the burlesque' Times Literary Supplement
Stella Gibbons's gift is very special
[Gibbons] has not only charm but something far better, perspicacity
[Gibbons has] a marvellous eye for the social scene - no-one is more accurate
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.