That's the opening line of this article in the Guardian.
And it is so very, very true.
Cold Comfort Farm is one of my very most favouritest books. I have no idea why it isn't on my books interests thing for this blog. I must rectify that.
If you have seen the film, but not read the book: forget about the film. The film is a light, insubstantial piece of cinematic fluff. The book is a hilarious, biting satire that really, really is a masterpiece.
I was first introduced to CCF via a radio play which my Mum bought me on cassette. It was very funny, so I bought the book.
The thing that neither radio play nor film mention, is that CCF is set in the future. Except it was written in 1932, but set maybe in the 40s. Stella predicted video-phones (but only in public phone boxes, and mostly people still send telegrams), air-taxis (but most people still travel by horse-and-buggy or car), and World War Two (but only in a brief mention). It's quite confusing, because everything else about the novel is very vintagely 30s. It's also fascinating and hilarous.
So go read it. Please. And if possible, read it out loud to a friend. With funny voices.
(some favourite moments)
'It is quite unneccesary for a young woman to resemble St Francis of Assisi. And in your case it would be downright suicidal.'
Aunt Ada Doom: I saw something nasty in the woodshed!
Mr Neck: Did it see you?
Flora: I think if I find that I have any cousins called Seth or Rueben, I shall decide not to go.
Flora: Because highly sexed young men living on farms are nearly always called Seth or Rueben. And it would be such a nuisance!