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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New edition edition (18 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340818972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340818978
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,320,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Now writing as Chrissie Manby, she is the bestselling author of romantic comedy novels including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT - which was nominated for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance in 2011 - and LIZZIE JORDAN'S SECRET LIFE, and a guide for aspiring chick lit writers, WRITING FOR LOVE.

She is also editor / contributor to the Girls' Night In anthologies, which have so far raised more than £1,000,000 for humanitarian organisations War Child and No Strings, and topped book charts all over the world.

Raised in Gloucester, Chrissie now lives in London. You can follow her on Twitter @chrissiemanby, or visit her website www.chrissiemanby.co.uk to find out more.

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Her witty take on life and love hits the mark once again - BUZZ (Buzz)

It's a great idea for a plot, and Manby's writing more than does it justice (Marie Claire)

Ideal reading for beach, train or plane - SAINSBURYS MAGAZINE (SAINSBURYS MAGAZINE)

Very funny, hugely feel-good and the perfect antidote for anyone who worries that the only career ladder they've achieved is a run in their tights (Fiona Walker on LIZZIE JORDAN'S SECRET LIFE)

A good fun holiday read - ESSEX NEWS (Essex News)

Manby will have you in fits once again - OK Magazine (OK)

Book Description

A new novel about love, friendship and personal ads by fastclimber bestselling author Manby, backed by TV advertising.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book with a permanent smile on my face! The humour in this book was exactly on my wavelength - I found myself laughing out loud at various parts of the story.
An excellent idea for a storyline - three friends not only write and place lonely hearts adverts for each other, but choose the resulting blind dates for each other as well. But once they start to see one another with strangers, a couple of them start to think that maybe setting each other up with other people isn't such a good idea after all.....
Apart from the three main characters, Lou, Ruby and Martin, a couple of the minor characters are well thought out - particularly 'Webecca', who we should hear a lot more of.
Having only just finished 'Running Away From Richard', it was a real treat to read another Manby book so soon, and I was not disappointed. A perfect read, whether you're cuddled up in front of an open fire, or lying on a sun-kissed beach. Enjoy!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Rattray on 3 April 2005
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I read this two years ago and am now compelled to write a review due to all the dross I've been reading lately. There seems to be a surplus of crappy books about thirty something people where the women are all clever and compassionate and the men are all stupid and selfish etc. When I read this book I enjoyed it so much I went on a spree of reading this type of thing to find that the other books didn't live up to this one. The women characters are all wonderful and although the male characters seem a little two dimensional (hence four stars instead of five) it's still a very enjoyable and absorbing book. If you want to read modern fiction about modern people and how they think and behave then you could do worse (a lot worse in my recent experience) than pick this one. It's a little jewel amongst all the dross on the shelves. I think I'll have to track down a couple more of Chris Manby's books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss C Snow on 19 Aug. 2003
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This is one of those books that from the first chapter you know its going to be a good one, but have you ever read a book that from the first chapter you can guess how it is going to end (annoyoing huh!)this is not one of those books, trust me when I say the ending is a complete surprise.
It follows the lives of three friends, Ruby, Martin and Lou who are all hopeless in love so decide to place personal ads for one another, in an effort to find true happiness. Of course a lot of problems a rise along the way, some sad and some hilarios, but the outcome is the best bit.
This is a must read book, it was one of the first books I read by the author Chris manby, but I will be differently reading more of her fabulous work. I really found it hard to put it down even after the fourth time of reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2002
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Full of gentle humor to offset some rather outrageous bits. The three main characters are endearing, without being too cute, and fallible, without being annoying. They're also very real - to offset some rather odd secondary characters! The story is has a couple of surprise twists that you may or may not see coming, they keep the book from being too predictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "indiechicuk" on 28 Sept. 2005
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I got this book when I was at uni, bored and riffling through the charity shops and I am so glad I bought it. I couldn't put it down! Its different from most of the other modern romantic books I've read since as the characters are so much more complicated and have real personalities. Also the ending is such a twist, I really didn't see it coming! A fantastic read if your just surfing the net trying to find something to keep you occupied for a while or if you need cheering up. Its easy to get absorbed into Ruby, Martin and Lou's exciting lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Am Thurley on 25 July 2005
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This was the first book of Chris Manby's that i read and it was excellant!! For me it was quite long with 440 pages but im glad it was that long because i didn't want it to end. The book never got boring (which long books can tend to do). Definitly a girly book that makes you laugh so much.
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