Eric Morecambe novel to be released as e-book

Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe

ERIC Morecambe will feature in the summer reading lists, as his last novel he wrote is to be published in e-book form.

As well as being half of Morecambe and Wise, Eric penned two novels, the first of which was Mister Lonely, written while recovering from his second stroke.

Shortly after Morecambe’s death in 1984, his son, Gary, found two thirds of a manuscript. With the encouragement of his mother Joan, Gary completed his father’s second novel, Stella.

Originally released in 1986, Stella has been published as an e-book, priced £2.99. Print editions will also be available with a new, specially-designed cover.

Stella is a fictional character in a bygone era of entertainment, and draws heavily on Eric’s childhood in Lancashire, and rise to fame. It tells the story of a young woman’s rise from struggling entertainer to national star.

Morecambe had spoken to his family about Stella often, says his son.

Gary said: “I was glad to see the pleasure it was giving him, but totally unaware that one day I would be desperately be racking my brain for those little snippets of information he had casually given to me.”