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Chris Manby3739 1I grew up in Gloucester and studied Experimental Psychology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.  Writing under my own name and the pseudonyms Olivia Darling, Stella Knightley and Stephanie Ash, I am the author of thirty-six novels including Sunday Times Bestsellers ‘Running Away From Richard’, ‘Seven Sunny Days’ and ‘The Matchbreaker’. My work has been published in over 14 countries including Taiwan (where my Olivia Darling debut ‘Vintage’ was a top five bestseller) Romania, Russia, Japan, Thailand and Turkey, among others.

I have also worked as a screenwriter and have recently applied the knowledge I gained in that field to teaching creative writing.  I’ve written features (and obituaries) for several national papers and magazines. Together with Jessica Adams, I was one of the original editors of the Girls’ Night In series of anthologies in aid of WarChild. 

When I’m not writing, I enjoy drawing and creating book covers.  I am also learning to speak German. 

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Features

You can’t ask me that: Have you left it too late to find your dream job?- What did you want to be when you were a child? A police officer? A doctor? A dancer? A superhero? And how did that plan work out? Are you reading… Read more You can’t ask me that: Have you left it too late to find your dream job?
You can’t ask me that: How many lovers have you had?- Over a few glasses of wine one evening, my friend Jenn asked all the people around the table: “If the answer is six, then what is the question?” “Six?” someone echoed.… Read more You can’t ask me that: How many lovers have you had?
You can’t ask me that: Can people change?- Shamima Begum was just 15 years old when she ran away from home in Bethnal Green with two school friends to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria. There she married… Read more You can’t ask me that: Can people change?

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Creative writing with the Arvon Foundation.- If you’re interested in becoming a writer, join me and Mike Gayle at the Arvon Foundation’s Devon campus for a crash course in creating commercial fiction. We’ll be there from August… Read more Creative writing with the Arvon Foundation.
You can’t ask me that…- Each Tuesday in the Independent Online, I’m going to be talking about the questions we dare not / should not ask one another, from the impudent to the downright illegal. … Read more You can’t ask me that…
My new book – Once in a Lifetime-   My new book, Once In A Lifetime, will be published in e-book on the 14thJune 2018, with a paperback edition to follow in August.  Set in the fictional seaside… Read more My new book – Once in a Lifetime

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