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Carole Matthews - Author


Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of 18 novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world. Her books have been translated into twenty languages and sold to Hollywood.


Born in St Helens, Merseyside, Carole began writing after she entered a short story competition in Writing Magazine and won a thousand pounds.  Then – to her and everyone else’s amazement – she spent the money, not on shoes and handbags, but on a writing course.  The tutor on the course liked what she was writing and recommended an agent who took her on straight away.  She got her first book deal, for Let’s Meet on Platform 8, a week later.


Carole lives with her partner, Kevin, near in Milton Keynes.

 
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If you like Carole Matthews you might also like to read books by Julie Williams, Isla Dewar and Marian Keyes

Featured Books, with extracts, by Carole Matthews


Wrapped up in You
Carole Matthews
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2012. Carole Matthews has once again served up a wonderful feel-good plot in which long-time singleton Janie Johnson realises the time has come to seek adventure. Africa is her destination and once there...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2011
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The Only Way is Up
Carole Matthews
Lily and Laurence Lamont-Jones had it all: lavish holidays in exotic locations, a top private school for their two children and a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job, and their house and all their belongings...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/2011
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It's Now or Never
Carole Matthews
Can it ever be too late to chase your dreams? The witty, clever and heartbreaking new novel from the bestselling author. When twins Annie and Lauren attend their sister Chelsea's fortieth birthday party at the Dorchester Hotel, they wonder why...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/06/2013
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The Difference a Day Makes
Carole Matthews
A really lovely feel-good read about two professional townies, William and Amy, who chuck it all in and decamp to Yorkshire with their children. Enter an assortment of crazy animals and an enormous culture shock. Then William dies and Amy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
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All You Need Is Love
Carole Matthews
Carole Matthews doing what she does best, warm, romantic, easy reading. This one has a lovely plot line revolving around whether Sally should be with the new, rich, romantic sexy man who has come in to her life or the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2009
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It's a Kind of Magic
Carole Matthews
Totally charming relationship tale, almost a fairy story of a young couple who have been taking each other for granted for too long so Emma throws Leo out and Isobel appears on the scene and then the magic begins. It’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/07/2008
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The Chocolate Lovers' Diet
Carole Matthews
The second in a delicious series where this astute author combines female friendship with clever plots and lots of good advice, dished up with warmth and humour. She is a star.Comparison: Marian Keyes, Isla Dewar,
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/02/2008
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The Chocolate Lovers' Club
Carole Matthews
What a lovely scenario, how refreshing not to be made to feel guilty about one of most women’s passions. This ‘Club’ is made up of four ‘addicts’ who all find comfort in chocolate but it is actually each other they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/08/2007
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Welcome to the Real World
Carole Matthews
Shortlisted for theRomantic Novel of the Year Award 2007. This is ‘hiding your talent under a bush’ stuff, or being frightened to grab opportunities. It’s set in the music world and is absolutely charming, a great read to curl up...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 22/02/2007
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The Chocolate Lovers' Club
Carole Matthews
This book is irresistible not just because of its title, if you’re a chocoholic, but because it really is a fantastic read – light-hearted, great entertainment, frothy fun that will ensure you’ll stay up late because you won’t be able...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/02/2007
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Welcome to the Real World
Carole Matthews
We are a big fan ofCarole Matthews. Her books are such fun and always heartwarming. If you haven't tried her already then her latest tale of Fern Kandal, a struggling singer working as a barmaid to make ends meet will...
Format: Paperback (c Format) - Released: 14/08/2006
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You Drive Me Crazy
Carole Matthews
An astute, warm, light look at divorce, family, relationship and love. A real feel-good read with lots of humour and characters you care about. A lovely book.Comparison: Marian Keyes, Catherine Alliott, Isla Dewar.Similar this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2006
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You Drive Me Crazy
Carole Matthews
Carole Matthews....A warm and witty author who puts her finger on contemporary relationships and delivers the goods with a light touch, a big heart and in an addictive style. She is good. Comparisons: Jill Mansell , Patricia Scanlan,
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2005
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With or Without You
Carole Matthews
IVF and Nepal don’t immediately spring to mind as the perfect concoction for a Carole Matthews novel, but rest-assured the recipe works really, really well. Descriptions of Nepal are great – you feel you could even be there – and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2005
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The Sweetest Taboo
Carole Matthews
This is one of Carole’s best feel-good books for all those hopeless romantics out there, or if you’re feeling down, then this is the book to pick you up again. Full of wit and charm, you’ll have bags of laughs...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 16/02/2004
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Summer Daydreams
Carole Matthews
What if you had always dreamed of something more ...? Nell McNamara has a happy life: her boyfriend Olly adores her, their four-year-old daughter Petal is the centre of their world and Nell has a steady job in the local...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
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A Cottage by the Sea
Carole Matthews
Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/03/2013
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Calling Mrs Christmas
Carole Matthews
Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/10/2013
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A Place to Call Home
Carole Matthews
In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind her abusive husband and a life of pain and heartache. Boarding a coach to London, Ayesha has her sights set on a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/01/2014
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A Place to Call Home
Carole Matthews
In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start. Hayden, a former popstar,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
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