In Search of Stella
Posted by Arnessa on April 26, 1998 at 23:40:33:
In response to other Gibbons? Arnessa, where are you?, written by Kate on April 21, 1998 at 09:15:56
] You've read other Gibbons? Which ones? Arnessa, who is a huge Gibbons fan, is always looking for them but they are all out of print.
Ooops, sorry Kate for not answering sooner.
I've read Nightingale Wood. An absolutely beautiful story. Actually I had it checked out from the Boston Public Library for nearly 8 months. (sorry, stella fans in greater boston)
I own The Bachelor and My American, both wonderful for hearing more of Stella's inimitable voice, but both a little lacking on the narrative side.
I was on the verge of getting my hands on another one, Wolves in the Sledge, from a bookshop in Scotland, but the deal fell through at the last minute, much to my chagrin.
Charing Cross Road is definitely a good place to look for Stella if you're in London. I didn't have much time to spend there, but I located The Bachelor fairly quickly in the course of an afternoon. The sad thing is that not many used booksellers know who she is, and she's not generally in their regular stacks, so usually you just have to comb through unorganized stacks of books in the basement.
I consider it one of the all-time greatest travesties in literature that Stella Gibbons books are out of print and people like Thomas Hardy still have a large readership. (sorry Hardy fans)
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