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Chrissie Manby - Author

About the Author

Chrissie Manby is the author of twenty romantic comedies including A Proper Family Holiday, The Matchbreaker and Seven Sunny Days. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her novel about behaving badly after a break-up, Getting Over Mr Right, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award.

Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on www.cakewrecks.com. She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she can't walk in.

 

Featured books by Chrissie Manby

A Fairytale for Christmas

A Fairytale for Christmas

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after...or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'?

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Other books by Chrissie Manby

Three Days in Florence the perfect romantic and feel-good read this summer

Three Days in Florence the perfect romantic and feel-good read this summer

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

The new hilariously funny summer romance from the bestselling author of SEVEN SUNNY DAYS, perfect for fans of Melissa Hill, Jenny Colgan and Holly Martin 'Manby's novels are made for holidays' Glamour ***** When a mini-break becomes make or break... Kathy Courage has never visited the famous Italian city of Florence before, so she's thrilled when she and her boyfriend Neil are invited there for a wedding. Unfortunately, with Neil's constant complaining and his teenage children in tow, it's not exactly the romantic break Kathy was hoping for. But when a mix-up with her flights leaves Kathy stranded in the city, she decides to embrace the unexpected and stay on alone. What follows is a life-changing few days in the Tuscan sun, as Kathy begins to question the choices that have led her here. With the help of the colourful Innocenti family, who offer Kathy a place to stay, she gradually begins to realise that there's a much bigger world out there, if only she can be brave enough to explore it. Could Italy hold the answers to her future happiness? Or is Kathy destined to return to her old life? Praise for Chrissie Manby: 'I've been a fan of Manby's writing for years and thoroughly enjoyed this' Daily Mail 'Perfect, unputdownable summer adventures' Jenny Colgan 'Nothing short of brilliant' Marie Clare 'This sassy and addictive read will make you laugh - a lot!' Closer

Crazy in Love

Crazy in Love

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

Heiress and celebrity Birdie Sederburg has been used to getting everything she wants. That is, until hot young actor Dean Stevenson (quite literally) crashes into her life. Birdie's convinced she's found The One. But Dean is only in it for his career, and is resisting her charm offensive. Still, Birdie is not prepared to admit defeat. As her obsession with Dean grows, she realises she may have to do something drastic to make him fall in love with her. But is getting herself kidnapped in order to win his heart going over the top? How far would you go for love?

Once in a Lifetime The perfect escapist romance

Once in a Lifetime The perfect escapist romance

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

The new hilariously funny summer romance from the bestselling author of SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. 'A warm-hearted romance which will keep a smile on your face long after you finish reading.' S Magazine, Sunday Express ***** Do you really only have one shot at love? Twenty two years ago Dani Parker had grand plans for her life. Now, she's a single mother in quaint Newbay working at the hotel where she got her first ever job. When she bumps into ex-boyfriend Nat, she wonders if this might be the start of something not-quite-new. Until his fiancee walks through the door . . . Dani's daughter Flossie is sixteen - so of course she knows best, about everything. And her new boyfriend Jed is all she could ever want in a man . . . right? Flossie's widowed grandma Jane firmly believes that lightning never strikes twice. So when she finds herself frequenting Bill's pet shop, she refuses to believe that the L-word has anything to do with it. In a confusion of cakes, elopements and naughty puppies, will the three women discover that 'once in a lifetime' isn't quite as rare as they thought? ***** Readers can't stop praising Once in a Lifetime: 'This is a feel good summer read that is a lot of fun, and definitely had me smiling. I also found the pages were turning faster than I wanted, and ran out of book to read far too soon!' Amazon Reviewer 'A must read' Amazon Reviewer 'What a great book' Amazon Reviewer 'Very heartwarming and didn't want to put it down. All about once in a lifetime happening twice in your life and just brilliant from the first page' Amazon Reviewer 'Right from the beginning she set her standard high and has never failed to maintain this. 5 stars from me!' Amazon Reviewer 'A simply brilliant read and highly recommend - you will be laughing for sure.' Amazon Reviewer 'Another lovely Chrissie Manby novel! Always fun to read' Amazon Reviewer

A Fairytale for Christmas

A Fairytale for Christmas

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after...or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'?

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The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club: the perfect laugh-out-loud romantic comedy

The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club: the perfect laugh-out-loud romantic comedy

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

'Funny, warm and engaging; this year's must-read! 5****' By the Letter Book Reviews In the quaint seaside town of Newbay, a beginner's cookery course is starting. And three very different students have signed up... Liz's husband has left her for a twenty-something clean-eating blogger, and she's determined to show the world - and her daughter - she's just as capable in the kitchen. John, newly widowed after fifty years of marriage, can't live on sympathy lasagnes forever. To thirty-year-old workaholic Bella, the course is a welcome escape from her high-pressure job. Their only common ground: between them, they can barely boil an egg! Enter talented chef Alex, who is determined to introduce his pupils to the comforts of cuisine. As Liz, John and Bella encounter various disasters in the kitchen, the unlikely trio soon form a fast friendship. Their culinary skills might be catastrophic - but could the cookery club have given them a recipe for happiness? The wonderful new novel from bestselling author Chrissie Manby is perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Trisha Ashley, Cathy Bramley, and The Great British Bake Off. Praise for The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club: 'A lovely book which brought a tear to my eye in places' - Broadbeansbooks 'Heartwarming' - The Book Bag 'Funny and emotional...a MUST READ this autumn' - On My Bookshelf 'A very warm tale full of different kinds of love; just delicious!' - Netgalley Reviewer 'If you want a funny, emotional read that will leave you wanting more then you need this book in your life!' - Goodreads 'I loved this book... the perfect place to find a recipe for happiness!' - Goodreads 'What an absolute joy to read...such a lovely story' - Goodreads 'A winning recipe of a story... I devoured it from cover to cover!' - Goodreads 'Just the breath of fresh air that I needed... I could have kept reading for many more pages!' - Netgalley 'I adored this hilarious book!' I Read Novels 'Chrissie Manby has cooked up a fine tale' Cultural Wednesday 'What a wonderfully lighthearted and uplifting novel, one I couldn't put down' - Bloglovin 'An absolute joy to read - highly recommended for when you need a little pick-me-up!' - Brew and Book Reviews

Falling Leaves and Fireworks: a funny, feel-good autumnal enovella

Falling Leaves and Fireworks: a funny, feel-good autumnal enovella

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2016

A warm, wonderful and funny novella from bestselling author Chrissie Manby, the perfect treat for crisp, woodsmoke-scented autumn days.Sparklers, bonfires, trick-or-treating... autumn has arrived! The thirty-first of October usually marks the start of the party season in the Benson Edwards household but, having recently lost his beloved cat Fishy, little Jack, aged eight, isn't ready to celebrate. When the rest of the Bensons and their neighbours decide to throw a Halloween fancy-dress bash in an attempt to cheer Jack up, however, not everything goes to plan as Mark and Ronnie play a ghostly prank which inadvertently sparks a local scandal. By the time Bonfire Night rolls around, will their neighbourhood relations be up in in smoke? And will Jack have rediscovered his sparkle?

What I Did On My Holidays the perfect escapist read for the holiday season!

What I Did On My Holidays the perfect escapist read for the holiday season!

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2012

Sophie Sturgeon can't wait for her annual summer holiday. Not only will it be a week away from work, it will be a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Callum. 'Manby's novels are made for holidays - light enough to pick up and put down, but entertaining enough to keep you happy by the pool.' - Glamour So this upcoming trip to Majorca is a big deal. Sophie's spent a lot of time getting ready. She's bought a new wardrobe. She's been waxed to within an inch of her life. She's determined she and Callum will have the best time ever. Then Callum dumps her, the night before they're due to leave. In a show of bravery, Sophie says she'll go to Majorca alone - but in fact, she hides in her London flat. But when her friends, family, and even Callum seem so surprised and delighted at her independence, Sophie decides to go all out and recreate the ultimate 'fake break' . . . with hilarious results. 'Smart and entertaining, beach reading doesn't get much better than this!' **** - Closer

Writing for Love

Writing for Love

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2012

Practical, inspiring, and filled with her trademark wit and charm, Chrissie Manby describes the writing process - from where she gets her ideas to a practical guide to planning the structure of a novel. A must-read for chick-lit fans and aspiring authors. EXCLUSIVE: contains chapters 1-4 of Chrissie's novel WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAYS.

Kate's Wedding The perfect read for the 2018 Royal Wedding season!

Kate's Wedding The perfect read for the 2018 Royal Wedding season!

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2011

'Laugh-out-loud funny . . . Unputdownable' - Heat A tongue-in-cheek comedy, perfect if you're missing the buzz of the 2018 royal wedding! Thirty-nine-year-old Kate had almost given up on love when she met her fiance. Now she's planning for the wedding she never dreamed she'd have. But things seem to be slipping out of her control. Diana, born on the day of the 1981 Royal Wedding, never doubted that one day she would find her prince. Newly engaged, and with Daddy's credit card in her grasp, she's in full Bridezilla mode. Against the backdrop of the other couple getting married in April 2011, both women prepare for the most important day of their lives. But will each bride get her perfect day? Or will it all become a right royal fiasco? 'I've always liked Manby's books and this is my favourite so far . . . deeply cringe-making, sometimes poignant and often hilarious . . . I loved it. Six stars, hurrah!' - Daily Mail

Getting Over Mr Right

Getting Over Mr Right

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2010

Have you ever had your heart broken? How did you get over it? Did a tub of ice cream cheer you up? Did you delete his number and start again? Are you now friends with your ex? Perhaps you're godmother to his children? In which case, this book is not for you. But if you reacted with denial, begging or a spot of casual witchcraft, then you've come to the right place. This is one woman's journey from love to lunacy and back again . . . Praise for Chris Manby 'Be prepared to get completely lost in this deliciously funny read' - Heat 'Destined to keep you up until the small hours' - Daily Mirror

Crazy in Love

Crazy in Love

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2009

Heiress and celebrity Birdie Sederburg has been used to getting everything she wants. That is, until hot young actor Dean Stevenson (quite literally) crashes into her life. Birdie's convinced she's found The One. But Dean is only in it for his career, and is resisting her charm offensive. Still, Birdie is not prepared to admit defeat. As her obsession with Dean grows, she realises she may have to do something drastic to make him fall in love with her. But is getting herself kidnapped in order to win his heart as insane as it sounds? How far would you go for love? Praise for Chris Manby 'Nothing short of brilliant' - Marie Claire 'Dry wit that sits just beneath the surface...A delicious read' - Daily Mail

Spa Wars

Spa Wars

Author: Chrissie Manby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2008

When Emily Brown's life and business is turned around by a surprise visit from Carina Lees, an immaculately-groomed reality TV star, she can't believe her luck. With just one other member of staff to help her out at her Essex salon The Beauty Spot, Emily is pushed for time as well as money. So Carina's patronage and the subsequent financial success of the salon is more welcome than a sunbed session in December. But even with the assistance of skilled-yet-shabby new girl Natalie, things start to go mysteriously wrong, and it soon becomes clear that someone's got it in for the salon. And with tactics dirtier than a gardener's fingernails, the battle of the beauticians commences. For, under all the make-up and manicures, Carina is not who she seems and, although confronting the past can be painful, Emily eventually has to stare the truth in the face and realise it's what's inside that really counts . . . Praise for Chris Manby 'Nothing short of brilliant' - Marie Claire 'Delicious read' - Daily Mail

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