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Jenny Colgan - Author

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous Sunday Times bestselling novels and has won various awards for her writing, including the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance, the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award. Her books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and in 2015 she was inducted into the Love Stories Hall of Fame. Jenny is married with three children and lives in Scotland.

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

 

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Featured books by Jenny Colgan

Sunrise by the Sea

Sunrise by the Sea

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Welcome to the most squishy heart-warming hug of a romance. Marisa finds herself adrift after her grandfather dies, her grief moves with her to Mount Polbearne in Cornwall where she shies away from her neighbour and the welcoming community. Neil the puffin is back, but no need to worry if you’ve not yet joined the Little Beach Street Bakery Series. Jenny Colgan’s books read as perfect standalone titles, though this as an introduction will undoubtedly call you back to read the rest of the series! It is acknowledged that grief is something we all feel differently, Marisa’s feels touchable and relatable, and I positively ached for her. Polly and her wonderful family are as joyful as ever, even with money difficulties. I simply adored getting to know Marisa’s neighbour, and again Jenny Colgan adds real depth to the characters. The storyline, with delicious glimpses of Italy, is a compassionate delight and the ending all that I had hoped for. Uplifting and gorgeous, Sunrise by the Sea is another approachable and heart-soothing read from one of the most wonderfully consistent authors around. 

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Five Hundred Miles

Five Hundred Miles

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Lissa loves her job as a nurse, but recently she's been doing a better job of looking after other people than looking after herself. After a traumatic incident at work leaves her feeling overwhelmed, she agrees to swap lives with someone in a quiet village in Scotland. Cormac is restless. Just out of the army, he's desperately in need of distraction, and there's precious little of it in Kirrinfief. Maybe three months in London is just what he needs. As Lissa and Cormac warm to their new lives, emailing back and forth about anything and everything, finally things seem to be falling into place. But each of them feel there's still a piece missing. What - or who - could it be? And what if it's currently five hundred miles away?

The Bookshop on the Shore

The Bookshop on the Shore

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2020

In the Scottish Highlands, 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...

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 Release Date: 11/01/2018

The Endless Beach The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author by Jenny Colgan

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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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Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery

Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

A delightful tasty treat of a Christmas (or any time of the year) read, set on a fascinating Cornish tidal-island village. Polly, Huckle and friends return, with Neil the Puffin often stealing the limelight, this could though, easily be a standalone read. The first few sentences stimulate your interest as an announcement is made, something bad has happened! Can “the Bad Thing” be made good in time for Christmas? Jenny Colgan excels at a light, fresh tone, yet she ensures a feeling of real life infuses the story, with twists, and bumps joining the loveliness. ‘Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery’ is an absolutely gorgeous tale, so readable and charming, and of course, you really shouldn't miss out on the chance of getting to know Neil the Puffin!  Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

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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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The Christmas Surprise

The Christmas Surprise

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

This continues the story of Rosie Hopkins, first introduced in Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams. Here Rosie and her fiancé Stephen are blissfully happy, Rosie is pregnant but then loses the baby and discovers she can probably never have another. If I tell you they go off to Africa you’ll probably guess what happens … but there is a lot of drama attached to their visit and a lot of adjusting to do once they get home.  ~ Sarah Broadhurst Click here to read an exclusive interview with Jenny Colgan by Mary Hogarth.  

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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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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop

Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Continuing the life of Rosie in the Derbyshire village where she inherited her aunt’s sweetshop.  You don’t need to have read the first to enjoy this but you’ll enjoy knowing the major players better if you have.  Rosie is in love with Stephen, the damaged son of the village matriarch, who is now a teacher in the village school.  Christmas brings Rosie’s family over from Australia, her mother, brother, his wife and children.  Their arrival makes her realise just how much she has missed them and she wonders about Stephen’s intentions.  This is the joy of this delightful book: will he, won’t he …?  Should she, shouldn’t she …?  And you are kept guessing right through.  A lovely, lovely read.  The first in the series, Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award (2013)

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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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Operation Sunshine

Operation Sunshine

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2013

Fast moving, light-hearted, holiday romp centring on cosmetic surgery and skulduggery in the South of France. It is actually quite a frightening scenario of experimental surgery but true to form, all turns out okay. This author launched her writing career very promisingly but somehow didn’t keep up the momentum. However, she is now back on top form and well worth investing in. Comparison: Melissa Hill, Karen Quinn, Sarah Mason.

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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop

Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Continuing the life of Rosie in the Derbyshire village where she inherited her aunt’s sweetshop.  You don’t need to have read the first to enjoy this but you’ll enjoy knowing the major players better if you have.  Rosie is in love with Stephen, the damaged son of the village matriarch, who is now a teacher in the village school.  Christmas brings Rosie’s family over from Australia, her mother, brother, his wife and children.  Their arrival makes her realise just how much she has missed them and she wonders about Stephen’s intentions.  This is the joy of this delightful book: will he, won’t he …?  Should she, shouldn’t she …?  And you are kept guessing right through.  A lovely, lovely read.  The first in the series, Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award (2013)

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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Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/2012

Winner of the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. Winner of the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2013. Full of warmth, humour and fun, and a homage to Refreshers, Spangles and Star Bars. Rosie leaves a busy life in London and her boyfriend to help her elderly Aunt sort out a sweet shop she has run since WW2. It is not as she expected at all... Jenny Colgan really is the Queen of Chick-Lit and this indulgent, witty, charming story won't disappoint her fans.   Pia Fenton, RNA Chairman said, "The standard was so high this year that every finalist can be justly proud of her book. Unfortunately there can only be one winner and our warmest congratulations go to Jenny Colgan, who produced a real page-turner of a novel, combining romance, comedy and nostalgia. She thoroughly deserves her win."

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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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The Good, the Bad and the Dumped

The Good, the Bad and the Dumped

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2010

When Posy gets dumped by her fiancé she goes on a journey re-visiting old flames to find out why none of her relationships have ever worked out. A great romantic romp to keep your occupied for a good few hours.

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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2009

  Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2010.   What does an It girl do if she loses all her money? Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town - she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever. This is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back - but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?

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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2009

  Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 January 2009.   Jenny Colgans new novel is not only a great piece of 'chick lit' but also a social comment on the ever-increasing idea that all you need is money in this world (usually provided by someone else) to be happy. Great fun and a lead character you really grow to love this is Colgan at her best.  

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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2009

  Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2010.   What does an It girl do if she loses all her money? Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town - she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever. This is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back - but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?

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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2009

  Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 January 2009.   Jenny Colgans new novel is not only a great piece of 'chick lit' but also a social comment on the ever-increasing idea that all you need is money in this world (usually provided by someone else) to be happy. Great fun and a lead character you really grow to love this is Colgan at her best.  

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Where Have All The Boys Gone?

Where Have All The Boys Gone?

Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2005

Romantic, feel-good comedy about a jaded Londoner finding a very different life in the Scottish Highlands.  All very whimsical, warm and obvious but it’s good escapist stuff.Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Carmen Reid, Jane Green.Similar this month: Kathleen Flynn Hui, Lisa Jewell.

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Author: Jenny Colgan Format: Release Date: 01/01/1970

The streets of London are paved with gold . . . allegedly.   They may be twin sisters, but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites – Penny is blonde, thin and outrageous; Lizzie quiet, thoughtful and, well, definitely not thin. The one trait they do share is a desire to DO something with their lives, and as far as they're concerned, the place to get noticed is London.   Out of the blue they discover they have a grandmother living in Chelsea – and when she has to go into hospital, they find themselves flat-sitting on the King’s Road. But, as they discover, it’s not as easy to become It Girls as they’d imagined, and west end boys aren’t at all like Hugh Grant . . .

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