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  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103379
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Ticky




'Gibbons proves herself to possess a natural and effortless talent for the burlesque' - Times Literary Supplement

'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

  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448103379
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

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 Ticky

Stella Gibbons's gift is very special

Daily Express

[Gibbons] has not only charm but something far better, perspicacity

Elizabeth Bowen, Tatler

[Gibbons has] a marvellous eye for the social scene - no-one is more accurate

John Braine, author of Room at the Top

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