The family of Cold Comfort Farm author Stella Gibbons has revealed the existence of two completed novels that they hope a publisher will be interested in taking on:
A PAIR of unpublished novels by the renowned comic novelist Stella Gibbons have come to light three decades after they were finished.
And the New Journal can now reveal how the writer’s daughter, Laura Richardson, and her family hope they may find a publisher willing to finally put her last two books into print.
The manuscripts have been gathering dust in a drawer for more than two decades and will be a source of great excitement in literary circles, where her works have enjoyed a trendy renaissance.
The New Journal revealed last week how Ms Gibbons is set to have a plaque unveiled on her Vale of Health home where she penned the classic Cold Comfort Farm, a book that has enchanted readers since its first edition in 1933.
Laura, who lives in Kentish Town, contacted the paper last week after reading of the plan by the Heath and Hampstead Society to honour her mum and in an interview recalled how Stella Gibbons finished two novels that she never sent to her publisher prior to her death in 1989.
Ms Richardson said: “The first is called An Alpha and is about a young woman who is from the Far East. She moves to Britain and becomes a successful writer.
“The second is called The Yellow Houses and is a bit of a ghost story. My mother converted to Christianity after meeting my father – she had been brought up an atheist – and they dabbled in spiritualism. This novel deals with that and other issues such as reincarnation. It was about a house where spirits flourished.
“They were finished and I would love to see them published.”