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Jenny Colgan - Author

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France.

Click here to read an interview with Jenny Colgan by Mary Hogarth.

 

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Featured books by Jenny Colgan

The Summer Seaside Kitchen

The Summer Seaside Kitchen

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2017

'A heartwarming, charming and atmospheric story that made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy' - Sophie Kinsella A deliciously warm and funny slice of life from Jenny Colgan, Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery and The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After. Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It's a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel. When a new client demands Flora's presence back on Mure, she's suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour, she's also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes - and work out exactly where her future lies...Let Jenny Colgan make your dreams come true!

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The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After

The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly - dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books...not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing...

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Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn't be happier. Because Polly is in love: she's in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she's in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she's in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. And yet there's something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that's floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend's fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he'd left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

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Amanda's Wedding

Amanda's Wedding

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

A deliciously warm novel from the best-selling author of Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris. Amanda's old schoolfriends can't believe it when the social-climbing queen of preen, Satan's very own PR girl, pulls off the ultimate publicity stunt in getting herself engaged to a Scottish laird. Who cares that Fraser McConnald has worn the same pair of Converse trainers for the last three years and that his castle is a pile of rubble with one calor gas heater - she'll be titled! Something Must Be Done. Gentle, decent Fraser is clearly ignorant of her wiles, and Mel and Fran, still smarting from the memory of all the mean things Amanda put them through in their days at Portmount Comprehensive, set out to sabotage this mismatch of the century. So between fighting off the attentions of a love-crazed accountant, keeping Fran's deadly manoeuvres with the opposite sex under control and trying to win her own war of love with the elusive but gorgeous Alex, Mel finds herself attending a wild Scottish stag night, a hen night from hell, and preparing for a wedding that's everything you'd wish on your worst enemy.

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The Little Beach Street Bakery

The Little Beach Street Bakery

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes ...And people start to hear about it.

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Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

Contains mouth-watering recipes! Issy Randall, proud owner of the Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline aren't quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe - with its increased demand for her delectable creations - begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.

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The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2013

Mouth-watering recipes inside! As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work; mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris. It's a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime - to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier. With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate - and herself - than she ever dreamed.

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Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

Winner of the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012. Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she's made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe. It should be a piece of cake, right? Wrong. As her friends point out, she has trouble remembering where she left her house keys, let alone trying to run her own business. But Issy is determined. Armed with recipes posted to her from Grampa, and with her local bank manager fighting her corner, Issy attempts to prove everyone wrong. Following your dreams is never easy and this is no exception. Can Issy do it?

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Other books by Jenny Colgan

An Island Christmas

An Island Christmas

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

The fourth novel in the Mure series, from bestselling author Jenny Colgan. Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark - and incredibly beautiful. It's a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love - unless, of course, you're accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don't know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings? Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons - but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy? Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for an unforgettable Christmas.

An Island Christmas

An Island Christmas

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark - and incredibly beautiful. It's a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love - unless, of course, you're accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don't know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings? Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons - but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy? Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for an unforgettable Christmas.

Lessons

Lessons

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Jenny Colgan's return to the Little School by the Sea - perfect for anyone who ever dreamed of going to boarding school! As the summer holidays start, scandal hits Downey House. The attraction between Maggie Adair, the fiery, committed English teacher at Downey House and David McDonald, a teacher at the local boys' school, has escalated - and now both are facing an uncertain future. The girls of Downey House - mercurial Fliss, glamorous Alice and shy, dependable Simone - are facing long summers at home. But the new term is not far away - and it will bring new pupils and lots of fresh new challenges... 'Funny, page-turning and addictive... just like Malory Towers for grown-ups' - Sophie Kinsella 'A brilliant boarding school book, stuffed full of unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures and angst...' - Lisa Jewell

The Bookshop on the Shore

The Bookshop on the Shore

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2019

Escape to the Scottish Highlands where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch! Dreams start here... Zoe, a professional child care worker, and single mother to Raffie, 4, who has selective mutism, is sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Then her ex sister-in-law suggests she move to Scotland to help run a bookshop... There her path crosses that of Ramsay Urqhuart, a widower and antiquarian bookseller, who has a band of difficult children he can't manage. Can two very damaged people help heal each other?

The Bookshop on the Shore

The Bookshop on the Shore

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2019

The gorgeous new book from Jenny Colgan that Goodreads reviewers are calling: 'A massive hug in book form', 'utterly charming', 'magical', 'heartwarming', 'feel good', 'a breath of fresh air', 'easily one of the best books I have read this year', 'perfect feel-good fare for the summer', 'a lovely, heartwarming read' ***** Escape to the Scottish Highlands where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy is perfect in every way - except for the fact that he just doesn't speak, at all. When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn't know where to turn. Then Hari's aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need. Faced with an unwelcoming boss, a moody, distant bookseller named Ramsay Urquart, and a band of unruly children, Zoe wonders if she's made the right decision. But Hari has found his very first real friend, and no one could resist the beauty of the loch glinting in the summer sun. If only Ramsay would just be a little more approachable... Dreams start here... 'Wonderful story with a hint of magic about it. Just lovely' - Katie Fforde 'A funny warm book with fantastic characters... and books!' - Sophie Kinsella 'Gorgeous location, dancing dialogue and characters you'll fall in love with. Irresistible!' - Jill Mansell 'The Bookshop on The Shore is a charming, heartwarming, gobble-it-all-up-in-one-sitting kind of book, a tale of new beginnings with characters you'll love and root for from the very first page.' - Mike Gayle 'Such a sweet tale and beneath the surface she deals honestly and movingly with poverty, anxiety and loss. You read it quickly, but you won't forget it.' - Keith Stuart

An Island Christmas

An Island Christmas

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark - and incredibly beautiful. It's a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love - unless, of course, you're accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don't know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings? Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons - but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy? Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for an unforgettable Christmas.

Begegnung in der kleinen Sommerkuche am Meer

Begegnung in der kleinen Sommerkuche am Meer

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2018

Spiegel-Bestseller-Autorin Jenny Colgan nimmt uns mit auf die wild-romantische schottische Insel Mure, wo der neue Arzt das Dorfleben durcheinanderwirbelt.Lorna lebt auf der kleinen schottischen Insel Mure, die sie uber alles liebt, auf der sie aber auch ein wenig einsam ist. Und: Mure braucht dringend einen neuen Arzt, da sich der ortliche Arzt zur Ruhe setzt - aber niemand will auf die abgelegene Insel. In einem weit entfernten uberfullten Fluchtlingscamp wird man auf Saif aufmerksam, der sich hochprofessionell um die schwer vrerletzte Hand eines kleinen Jungen kummert. Saif ist ein Fluchtling und Arzt: Er soll die Lucke auf Mure fullen.Bei einer tragischen Begegnung lernen sich Lorna und Saif besser kenen. Und nun schlagt Lornas Herz schneller, wenn Saif in der Nahe ist. Doch kann er seine tragische Vergangenheit verarbeiten und sein Herz fur sie offnen?Die Novella "e;Begegnung in der kleinen Sommerkuche am Meer"e; von Jenny Colegan schlagt die Brucke zwischen den beiden Romanen "e;Die kleine Sommerkuche am Meer"e; und "e;Hochzeit in der kleinen Sommerkuche am Meer"e;.

Lessons: Part 1

Lessons: Part 1

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2018

***PART ONE OF A THREE-PART SERIAL***The unmissable first instalment of Jenny Colgan's return to the Little School by the Sea - perfect for anyone who ever dreamed of going to boarding school!As the summer holidays start, scandal hits Downey House. The attraction between Maggie Adair, the fiery, committed English teacher at Downey House and David McDonald, a teacher at the local boys' school, has escalated - and now both are facing an uncertain future. The girls of Downey House - mercurial Fliss, glamorous Alice and shy, dependable Simone - are facing long summers at home. But the new term is not far away - and it will bring new pupils and lots of fresh new challenges..."e;Funny, page-turning and addictive... just like Malory Towers for grown-ups"e; - Sophie Kinsella "e;A brilliant boarding school book, stuffed full of unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures and angst..."e; - Lisa JewellIn Lessons: Part 2, Christmas comes to the Little School by the Sea - available December 2018!

Die kleine Sommerkuche am Meer

Die kleine Sommerkuche am Meer

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2018

Vom quirligen London zur entlegenen Insel Mure? Nein - nur widerwillig kehrt die junge Flora in ihre schottische Heimat zuruck. Weder die unberuhrte Landschaft noch das glitzernde Meer konnen sie aufmuntern, wahrend sie ihren geschwachten Vater und ihre Bruder versorgt. Doch dann entdeckt sie das alte Kochbuch ihrer verstorbenen Mutter, und als sie ein Rezept nach dem anderen ausprobiert, offnet sich ihr Herz: fur die Sinnlichkeit des Essens, fur die Schonheit der Natur und fur einen neuen Anfang ...

The Endless Beach The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author

The Endless Beach The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Dreams start here... 'Charming, made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy.' - Sophie Kinsella On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend. While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he's about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him. As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

Polly and the Puffin: The Happy Christmas Book 4

Polly and the Puffin: The Happy Christmas Book 4

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The fourth children's book featuring Polly and her puffin Neil, from bestselling adult novelist Jenny Colgan. With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout, Polly is perfect for reading aloud - especially at Christmas! Polly and her puffin friend Neil have wrapped presents, practised for the village nativity and written their lists for Santa. But Christmas is taking a very long time to arrive. And Polly isn't enjoying the wait. What's worse, Neil is busy helping to keep an egg warm, so he hasn't got much time to play. Will it EVER be Christmas? And will a tiny little puffling hatch in time for the big day? Perfect for bedtime stories and early readers. From the bestselling author of The Little Beach Street Bakery. Contains lots of fun festive recipes and activities in addition to the story.

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery The best feel good festive read this Christmas

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery The best feel good festive read this Christmas

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Welcome back to Mount Polbearne! The final Little Beach Street Bakery book from Top Ten bestseller Jenny Colgan is full of festive joy, warmth and the best hot chocolate you can imagine... It's Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne - a time for family, friends and feasting. Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She's at her happiest when she's creating delicious treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She's determined that this Christmas is going to be their best one yet, but life doesn't always work out as planned... When Polly's best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. And then a face from Polly's past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that's not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?

Weihnachten in der kleinen Backerei am Strandweg

Weihnachten in der kleinen Backerei am Strandweg

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2017

Es weihnachtet sehr an Cornwalls Kuste, und Polly hat nur ein Ziel: Dieses Fest der Liebe muss das Beste aller Zeiten werden. Aber wann verlauft das Leben schon nach Plan? Prompt schneit ihre Freundin in der Backerei vorbei und vertraut ihr ein heikles Geheimnis an, das bald nicht mehr zu verbergen sein wird. Auerdem ist da noch die leidige Frage, wer die Backerei weiterfuhren darf. Wird es Polly trotzdem gelingen, mit ihrem Freund Huckle und Papageientaucher Neil das frohlichste aller Feste zu feiern?

Sommer in der kleinen Backerei am Strandweg

Sommer in der kleinen Backerei am Strandweg

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2017

Endlich hat der Sommer an Cornwalls Kuste Einzug gehalten, und Polly Waterford konnte nicht glucklicher sein: Ihre kleine Backerei lauft blendend, und zusammen mit Huckle, der Liebe ihres Lebens, geniet sie die lauen Abende in dem Hafenstadtchen Mount Polbearne, das inzwischen zu ihrer Heimat geworden ist. Doch plotzlich ist die Backerei in Gefahr, denn die alte Besitzerin stirbt. Auerdem fallt es Huckle schwer, seine Vergangenheit in Amerika ganzlich hinter sich lassen, zu oft holt sie ihn ein. Und wahrend Polly Mehl siebt, Teig knetet und Brot backt, bangt sie um ihre Zukunft ...

Polly and the Puffin: The New Friend Book 3

Polly and the Puffin: The New Friend Book 3

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

The third children's book featuring Polly and her puffin Neil, from bestselling adult novelist Jenny Colgan. With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout, Polly is perfect for reading aloud. Polly and her puffin friend, Neil, have wonderful adventures by the sea. But now the time has come for Polly to go to the place she calls 'Big School'. It might be fun, it might be exciting, and it's definitely a little bit scary. Making new friends can be harder than it sounds . . . join Polly on her quest and find out if there might be a new feathered friend for Neil too! Ideal for bedtime stories and early readers. From the author of The Little Beach Street Bakery. Contains lots of fun recipes and activities in addition to the story.