“Well when I am fifty-three or so, I would like to write a novel as good as ‘Persuasion’ but with a modern setting, of course. For the next thirty years or so I shall be collecting material for it. If anyone asks what I work at, I shall say ‘collecting material.’ No one can object to that. Besides, I shall be.”

–Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

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