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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034083725X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340837252
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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)

Manby's novels still shine out (OK!)

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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Reissue of the hilarious 150,000 copy selling novel from this much-loved author

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rodgers__claire@hotmail.com on 6 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By s2c90 on 23 July 2007
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
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 By "punkass_emi_mc" on 29 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By Sarah on 12 Sept. 2011
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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 By A Customer on 25 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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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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