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  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103386
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Here Be Dragons




'The atmosphere of the cheap cafés...is subtly caught. Packed tight with wit and understanding, it lights the London Scene' - Scotsman

When Nell Sely moves from sleepy Dorset to Hampstead she leaves behind a childhood of dull teas and oppressive rules for the freedom of the big city. Naive and only nineteen, she becomes embroiled with the wayward John Gaunt and falls in with London's bohemian crowd. In this city of seductive, shifting morals, smoke-filled jazz-clubs and glamorous espresso bars, Nell must master her new found independence and learn to strike her own course.

  • Pub date: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103386
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

Stella Gibbons

Stella Gibbons is best known for her comic masterpiece Cold Comfort Farm. A witty parody of the pastoral fiction written by authors such as D H Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and Mary Webb, it won the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse Anglais in 1933 and established her literary reputation. Gibbons also wrote 22 other novels, including Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm (1940) and Starlight (1967), as well as three volumes of short stories and four poetry collections. She died in 1989, aged 87.

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Praise for Here Be Dragons

“The atmosphere of the cheap cafés...is subtly caught. Packed tight with wit and understanding, it lights the London Scene”

Scotsman

“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”

Guardian

“Stella Gibbons…an exception to that old canard: women can't make us laugh”

Independent

“The Jane Austen of the 20th century”

Lynne Truss

“Stella is stellar”

Sunday Herald

“Stella Gibbons’s gift is very special”

Daily Express


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