Stella Gibbons

Enbury Heath
  • Enbury Heath

  • Cold Comfort Farm is Gibbons' brilliant parody of the pastoral novel; Enbury Heath is her novel for Londoners.

    Stella Gibbons and her little brothers spent many years living in Vale Cottage in Hampstead Heath. This wonderfully funny and satirical novel is the fictionalised account of that time. The spiritual predecessor to Gibbons' best-known novel Cold Comfort Farm, Enbury Heath muses on childhood and family, nature and the city, money troubles and capitalism.

    Despite the overshadowing effect that Cold Comfort Farm had on her later writing, Gibbons was truly a London novelist, and lived in North and Northwest London for the vast majority of her life. This book is comic love letter to the city that gave her the means and freedom to write.

Stella Gibbons was born in London in 1902. She went to the North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the Evening Standard. Stella Gibbons is the author of twenty-five novels, three volumes of short stories, and four volumes of poetry. Her first novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932) was an immediate success and won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize for 1933. Among her works are Nightingale Wood (1938), The Bachelor (1944), Westwood (1946), and Starlight (1967). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1950. Stella Gibbons died in 1989.

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