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About Me

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: Do you see the cup as half empty or half full? -  Is the glass half empty or half full? In these turbulent times, when the news is nearly always bad, it can seem as though to be optimistic is to be… Read more You can’t ask me that: Do you see the cup as half empty or half full?
You can’t ask me that: Why it’s never ok to ask someone if it’s that time of the month. - When it comes to questions you should never ask if you value your life, then “Is it that time of the month?” directed at any woman of your acquaintance has to… Read more You can’t ask me that: Why it’s never ok to ask someone if it’s that time of the month.
You can’t ask me that: Who wants to be a millionaire? - It’s 20 years ago today since Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? first appeared on British television screens. Hosted by Chris Tarrant, the show, which was created by David Briggs, Mike… Read more You can’t ask me that: Who wants to be a millionaire?

 

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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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