Chrissie Manby Books In Order

Lizzie Jordan Books In Order

  1. Lizzie Jordan’s Secret Life (2000)
  2. Running Away from Richard (2001)

Proper Family Books In Order

  1. A Proper Family Holiday (2014)
  2. A Proper Family Christmas (2014)
  3. A Wedding at Christmas (2015)
  4. Falling Leaves and Fireworks (2016)
  5. Top Of The Naughty List. (2017)

Newbay Books In Order

  1. A Fairytale for Christmas (2016)
  2. The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club (2017)
  3. Once in a Lifetime (2018)


  1. Flatmates (1997)
  2. Second Prize (1997)
  3. Deep Heat (1999)
  4. Getting Personal (2002)
  5. Seven Sunny Days (2003)
  6. Girl Meets Ape (2003)
  7. Ready or Not (2004)
  8. The Matchbreaker (2006)
  9. Marrying for Money (2006)
  10. Spa Wars (2008)
  11. Crazy in Love (2009)
  12. Getting Over Mr. Right (2010)
  13. What I Did on My Holidays (2011)
  14. Kate’s Wedding (2011)
  15. A Proper Family Adventure (2015)
  16. Three Days in Florence (2019)
  17. Saying Goodbye to Tuesday (2021)


  1. Second Prize / Flatmates (2004)
  2. Lizzie Jordan’s Secret Life / Getting Personal (2006)


  1. Girls’ Night in (2000)
  2. Flatmates / Deep Heat (2000)
  3. American Girls About Town (2004)
  4. Seashells and Other Stories (2015)


  1. Just In Case (2014)
  2. The Snow Baby (2014)
  3. The Christmas List (2015)

Anthologies edited

  1. Girls’ Night Out / Boys’ Night in (2001)

Non fiction

  1. Writing for Love (2012)

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Chrissie Manby Books Overview

Lizzie Jordan’s Secret Life

Five years after leaving university, Lizzie Jordan considers herself one of life’s failures. Unlike her highflying friends, Lizzie works as a lowly typist, shares a grotty flat and ‘makes do’ with her accountant boyfriend. She’s never really been able to get over Brian, the handsome American student she dated at university, who is now a hugely successful Wall Street banker. Lizzie still corresponds with Brian by email. But the life she describes to him, with its extravagant parties and million pound business deals, bears little relation to reality. Lizzie is overjoyed when Brian announces he’s coming to stay. But how can she conceal from him the fact that the glamorous lifestyle she’s been describing to him all these years is based on a tissue of lies? Ever resourceful, Lizzie comes up with a cunning plan. But the best laid plans have a habit of going horribly wrong.

Seven Sunny Days

When Rachel Buckley announces that she is going to get married, her best friends Yaslyn and Carrie Ann can’t wait to give her a proper send off. No second rate male stripper in a smoky bar for Rachel though. The girls choose instead to take a ‘hen week’ in Turkey, in the all inclusive surroundings of luxurious holiday resort. It should be the perfect trip. But all three girls are bringing along more than their luggage. While Rachel looks forward to her wedding day with excitement, Carrie Ann wonders why the pain of her abusive marriage didn’t end when the decree nisi arrived and Yaslyn considers the possibility that she might never be ready to marry her patient fiance Magnus. Add unlimited free cocktails, rampant and a nasty dose of sunstroke and suddenly ‘getting away from it all’ comes dangerously close to ‘going back to nothing’. Can three firm friendships survive just Seven Sunny Days?

Girl Meets Ape

A light hearted treatment of the perils of relationships between the sexes which centres around the story of an uptight zoologist, ‘Girl Meets Ape‘ follows the exploits of Dr Jennifer Niederhauser at an animal sanctuary where the chimps are uncontrollable, but the keepers are even wilder.

Ready or Not

What happens when ‘I do’ becomes ‘must I?’

Every bride is entitled to pre-wedding jitters, and what reasonable girl wouldn’t think twice about marriage when her fiance shaves off his eyebrows just in time for the photographs? But what if the bride-to-be is really freaked out by something else? Like, perhaps, the terrifying notion of happily-ever-after? With her ex-boyfriend back in the town, Heidi Savage is wondering whether she can really forsake all others-especially for the man waiting at the end of the aisle with no eyebrows.

The Matchbreaker

Hell hath no fury like a bridesmaid in an ugly dress…
Thrilled isn’t the word for how Lindsey Parker feels when her widowed father announces his plans to marry his personal trainer, Karen. The devoted daddy’s girl has already scared off three former fianc es, and the new one’s got to go too if for no other reason than her appalling taste in bridesmaids’ gowns. Lindsey’s driven to do something pretty drastic, and nearly manages to kill Karen. Fortunately, while her botched attempt at homicide fails, it does succeed in driving Karen away along with her hideous velour tracksuits. The trouble is, Dad is genuinely crushed. Now, with a change of heart, Lindsey’s on the road to something close to redemption.

Crazy in Love

Light escapist fun with a needle sharp edge, for anyone who’s ever enjoyed Heat!

Girls’ Night in

The USA Today bestselling collection from 21 of the hottest female writers around In this must have short story anthology, Jennifer Weiner revisits one of her Good in Bed characters and tells the story from, ahem, his point of view, Jill A. Davis Girls’ Poker Night offers a darkly humorous take on starting over in New York and working with ‘the Elizabeths,’ Sarah Miynowski Milkrun tempts fate and an on again off again boyfriend and Alisa Valdes Rodriguez The Dirty Girls Social Club considers how different the words lady and woman are when paired with cat. Girls’ Night in features stories about growing up, growing out of, moving out, moving on, falling apart and getting it all together. So turn off your cell phone and curl up on the couch; this is one Girls’ Night in you won’t want to miss.

American Girls About Town

Born in the U.S.A…

American gals are taking liberties and pursuing happiness on their own terms in this star studded story collection featuring the nation’s red hot women writers.

They’ve declared their independence!

Jennifer Weiner In Her Shoes learns ‘The Truth About Nigel’ and the trouble with falling for an incognito Hollywood actor. Lauren Weisberger The Devil Wears Prada sends a single New Yorker on a backpacking trip halfway around the world where she sees her love life back home with new eyes in ‘The Bamboo Confessions.’ A harried mom with a hit novel crosses the pond in ‘My Great Brit Book Tour’ by Adriana Trigiani Lucia, Lucia, and turns a crumbling talk show appearance into a sweet success. Also uniting their talents in this free spirited anthology are:


Girls’ Night Out / Boys’ Night in

25 stories from the hottest female writers on the scene

Too tired to doll up and head out for a night on the town? It happens to the best of us. Just dip into this year’s must read collection for a Girls’ Night Out to remember and indulge in tales of reunions and weddings, sisters and friends, endings and beginnings…
No waiting in line, no wardrobe malfunctions, no jockeying for position as you try to catch the bartender’s eye. With a lineup of fantastic writers like Meg Cabot The Boy Next Door, Emily Giffin Something Borrowed, Kristin Gore Sammy’s Hill0, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus The Nanny Diaries, Alisa Valdes Rodriguez The Dirty Girls Social Club and Lolly Winston Good Grief, you’ll be hanging with the VIPS all night long!

Net proceeds to benefit War Child and No Strings

Other fabulous writers featured: Jessica Adams, Cecelia Ahern, Maggie Alderson, Tilly Bagshawe, Elizabeth Buchan, Laura Caldwell, Lynda Curnyn, Kathleen DeMarco, Nicki Earls, Imogen Edwards Jones, Robyn Harding, Lauren Henderson, Marian Keyes, Chris Manby, Carole Matthews, Anna Maxted, Lynn Messina, Sarah Mlynowski, Pamela Ribon.

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