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Chrissie Manby
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17 Aug 2000
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.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; Reprint edition (17 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340769181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340769188
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chris Manby is the author of romantic comedy novels including GETTING OVER MR RIGHT and WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAYS. She has also written a guide for aspiring chick lit writers called WRITING FOR LOVE.

Chris now writes as Chrissie Manby - find out more on Chrissie's Amazon author page or

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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)

Cross your legs, boys: in the best tradition of Kathy Lette, this is girl power at its most painfully funny (Helen Lederer on DEEP HEAT)

If you've ever shared a flat, been to a bad party or fallen in love with the wrong man, you'll find this book spot on (Company on FLATMATES)

A funny first novel that's more realistic than Friends, cleaner than The Young Ones and not as frightening as Shallow Grave. (Daily Mail on FLATMATES)

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The hilarious new romantic comedy from the author of FLATMATES and DEEP HEAT.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can see why she did it ............... 6 Aug 2001
This book was excellent. I read it whilst on holiday and for two days i never put it down. I found the characters brilliant and had no trouble at all realating to them and thinking of my own friends who match them. Everyone knows how one little white lie can evolve into the biggest whopper ever and this tale shows it well. I thought Lizzie was going to live happily ever after with her American heart throbe, but at the last minute a sudden twist was put in and the ending was some what different, however this was brilliant and kept me guessing right to the end. This story is a brilliant read and I can't wait to get my nose into the next Chirs Manbry story. Fantastic!.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 21 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I ended up with this book by mistake (long story) and only read it when I found myself on a last-minute beach holiday. I'd never have picked it up otherwise as I'm not really a fan of 'chicklit' but I'm so glad I did. The two days I spent reading this book were two of the best of my holiday. Chris's characters are so lovely and so well-written and the storyline had a dreamy fairy tale quality to it without ever being preposterous or unlikely. There were lots of twists and turns in the plot that Chris handled beautifully. And - big plus point this - I genuinely had no idea which bloke Lizzie was going to end up with until very close to the end. This is MUCH MUCH better than most chicklit, and if you want a book that absorbs you completely while you're reading it and then leaves you with a warm glow after, buy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining, a great read - buy it ! 19 Aug 2000
By A Customer
A nice book which will lift you up from any bad mood, or that shall keep a good one going. I laughed a lot, and had truble putting the book down. For people who love the "Bridget Jone" type of books. Good work Chris !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful - don't bother!! 12 Sep 2011
By Sarah H
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lizzie Jordan must be the MOST irritating character in the world and, if not, well she definitely comes close. Skipped through most of this book as wanted to read to the end but it was such dire rubbish. Have enjoyed all of Chris Manby's other books, but not this. Relegated straight to the charity shop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 23 July 2007
By s2c90
This book was published in 2000, so as you can imagine quite a long time ago! Since then I've felt Chris Manby's style of writing has improved greatly - from her plot ideas, to her sentence structure. Therefore after reading a couple of her newer (and slightly more highly regarded) books, I began Lizzie Jordan's Secret Life. However, I was slightly disappointed with this book. Don't get me wrong; this book is good, I did enjoy it, but relatively (compared to her newer work such as 'Second Prize' and 'Ready or Not?') I found it was nothing on her newer work.

The main "pro" as such was the plot: I did enjoy it, as predictable as it was. However, to me, it felt somewhat 'done-before' (I later realised, Jane Green had done something mildly similar in her novel 'Jemima J' - but the two novels did indeed have their strong differences). It was amusing and straight-forward, and I did find myself hooked after the first few chapters. A book without a strong plot which goes somewhere doesn't tend to impress me, but I felt that Manby definitely had a good plot going in Lizzie Jordan's Secret Life.

However... there were some negative points I picked up throughout the novel. As petty and pedantic as they may be, they are important to me and I'm sure some other readers. I hope Manby changed editor after this book (or he/she shaped up) because the number of typographical errors and simple grammatical mistakes irritated me. Typographical errors included "Tve" and "somethign". Her speech marks seemed everywhere - I noticed, more than once, sentences that were in a similar way to this: "Hi," he said. How are you?" - It's just the simple, careless mistakes which get on my nerves (this is not Manby's fault).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 29 Oct 2005
I loved this book. it was witty and funny and i couldnt put it down. it made me laugh out loud. i must admit Lizzie was self-centred and self-pitting but thats what made it so fun for me. i defently didnt want it to end though! thats why i was really pleased when i was brousing and found "running away from richard" this is the next book from Lizzie Jordon and i loved it even more than the first one. i have now read more of Chris Manby's books including "ready or not" "getting personal" and "girl meets ape" READ THEM ALL...xxxx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but predictable 25 May 2001
By A Customer
I had high hopes for this book after the first few chapters but as the story progressed I felt the characters became a bit too fanciful and predictable. Nevertheless - an entertaining read and I'll be intrigued to know how the story develops in "Running Away From Richard"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lizzie Jordan's Secret Life 21 April 2012
By Lieverd
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutly loved this book! It is not the most original book in its genre, but who cares? It made me laugh out loud on a train. Read it in the spirit in which it's meant - light relief and you'll probably enjoy it.
Brilliant story, with lots of highs and lows, you can really feel for the girl, pray that she gets the right guy, and gets more selfconfidence!

Lizzie Jordan's Secret Life is the first Chris Manby book I have read,and it was a very good story line,very humorous and with such a lovely ending!
I would definitely recommend this book to everybody out there, it's a good holiday read, easy, relaxing, and great for the beach without detracting from its comic potential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read!
I read this book years ago, but still go back to it. I loved every page and couldn't wait to turn to the next one. The writing is clever, witty and punchy. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2010 by CallaRia
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable
average reads, girl realises that the love of her life has been right in front of her the whole time. enjoyable enough to pass a week lounging at the beach/pool. Read more
Published on 18 May 2008 by Lindymck
3.0 out of 5 stars unfinished
I picked this book up many times and read it, but i never finished it, i have read and re-read the beginning of the book so many times, but i always loose interest. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2007 by Cottle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I quite enjoyed this book - it has bits that make you smile and bits that you can relate to. It was a good story with some twists (although some you could see coming!). Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2005 by Snowy3
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic...must have holiday reading
Not knowing what to expect from Chris Manby I started reading this book with no expectations. However, I'm totally glad I did, this book is one of the best books I've ever read! Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2003 by Kirsty
1.0 out of 5 stars The most annoying character ever created!
Lizzie is the most irritating character I've ever had the misfortune to encounter. I forced myself to read until the end of the book in the hope she would stop being so spineless... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2002
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