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Gladys and Annie Barnes are impoverished sisters who have seen better times They live in a modest cottage in the backstreets of Highate with Mr Fisher a mild but eccentric old man l I really enjoyed this book after nearly giving up after the first chapter The characters came to life reminded me of Dorothy Whipple s ability to take the front off a house and let you look inside Interesting to see a slice of life in post war London Had to google what a rackman was This is my favourite Stella Gibbons yet was so glad to find she has written many

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Of the cottages in the hope that there she will recover from an unspecified malady With a mounting sense of fear Gladys and Annie become convinced she is possessed by an evil spiri I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish off this book which is the best compliment you can give a book Full review later Burning Attraction recover from an unspecified malady With a mounting sense of fear Gladys and Annie become convinced she is possessed by an evil spiri I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish off this book which is the best compliment you can give a book Full The Numbers Game review later

Stella Gibbons ☆ 3 summary

Iving secretively in the attic above them Their uiet lives are thrown into confusion when a new landlord takes over a dreaded and unscrupulous 'rackman' He installs his wife in part I really thoroughly enjoyed this novel from Stella Gibbons which was undeservedly out of print for many years before Vintage brought it back for us It is fair to say that it is uite a strange dark novel rather different to Cold Comfort Farm which is what most people associate Stella Gibbons with Gladys and Annie are elderly sisters living in two rooms in one half of a pair of dilapidated cottages in a uiet back street of London Annie is bedridden while Gladys attends church and cleans at a local Cypriot caf Above them in the attic lives Mr Fisher who changes his name once a month and is now nearing ninety The Simms family who live downstairs leave when the cottages are sold to a local rackman the sale plunges the inhabitants of the house into fear Gladys immediately turns to the vicar for advice and it is in this way that the Curate Gerald Corliss and the Vicar Mr Geddes first become involved with the inhabitants of the cottages in Rose Walk The dreaded rackman Mr Pearson moves his wife and her young German au pair into the vacant flat Mrs Pearson is a fragile faded beauty suffering from an unspecified illness Mrs Pearson has her part of the cottages done up a bit and soon the residents of the cottages settle down nicely together However Mrs Pearson describes herself as a medium and appears to be possessed by some sort of evil spirit The story of Mrs Pearson s possession makes for a uite a chilling climax to the story as the clergy gather to rid her of the spirit Mrs Pearson s daughter Peggy meanwhile gets herself a job as a companion to an elderly wealthy woman who has four little dogs called A Bee Cee and Dee Animal lover Peggy is nursing her own sorrow and uickly comes to the notice of her employer s slightly oily middle aged son One of the things which came across mostly strongly for me in this novel is the descriptions and sense of time and place The run down streets of London still scarred by the war twenty years earlier the sad little rooms inhabited by Gladys and Annie the empty church on a dark and windy evening are all beautifully evoked Each character is well drawn their voices distinct and strong Although there is much in this novel that is dark the narrative is shot through with poignant humour too Stella Gibbons was obviously a wonderful observer of human beings and the places they inhabit


10 thoughts on “Starlight

  1. says:

    This is not the book to read if you are expecting a light hearted novel with perhaps some elements of the fantastic This is a story woven with

  2. says:

    What a strange and wonderful journey this turned out to be

  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this book after nearly giving up after the first chapter The characters came to life reminded me of Dorothy Whipple's ability to take the front off a house and let you look inside Interesting to see a slice of life in post war London Had to google what a 'rackman' was This is my favourite Stella

  4. says:

    An odd little book but a classy bit of writing none the less The observation the sharpness in the writing is second to none

  5. says:

    I really thoroughly enjoyed this novel from Stella Gibbons which was undeservedly out of print for many years b

  6. says:

    Stella Gibbons has the reputation of being a one hit wonder Cold Comfort Farm both immortalised her name but also overshadowed everything else she ever wrote A few years ago Vintage decided that this was terribly unfair and decided to re issue her back catalogue I had a go at Westwood given that Lynn Truss claimed that it was the

  7. says:

    I was thrilled to find out that Vintage Classics is reprinting some Gibbons and rushed to buy several from UK I had only read Cold Comfort Farm of course hilarious and easily her best known book and Nightingale Wood a charm

  8. says:

    I just finished reading Starlight and am feeling a bit gobsmacked I had only read Cold Comfort Farm and Westwoood so was really not expecting what this book delivered In fact I might not have read it at all had I known about the plot beforehand Like a couple of the book's characters I'm not into creepy other than the CCF

  9. says:

    I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish off this book which is the best compliment you can give a book Full review later

  10. says:

    Starlight is three unrelated ideas in search of a book It's occasionally funny it's by Stella Gibbons after all but it is very uneven in tone and as a short book with a large cast it is almost inevitably shallow and unsatis

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