Thrown out of her long-established office job, Miss Christine Smith takes up a new role as housekeeper for a group of middle-aged artists. Charmed by a previous mystical experience, her spirituality is nurtured further by the tenants, who seem stuck in their own personal lull. Written in the 1960s, surrounded by social and political transitions, the novel focuses on change, or the lack thereof.
Gibbons was an acute and witty observer, and her dissection of the British class system is spot-on
Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the 20th century
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 favourite Christmas-related reads.