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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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You can’t ask me that: Why ‘Who’s getting the house?’ doesn’t have to be painful - The past few years have been all about the joy of streamlining your life. In 2015, Marie Kondo topped bestseller charts all over the world with her book The Life-Changing… Read more You can’t ask me that: Why ‘Who’s getting the house?’ doesn’t have to be painful
You can’t ask me that: Going anywhere nice this year? - “Going anywhere nice this year?” was always the second question a hairdresser asked. Right after the classic “who did this cut then?”, delivered while examining your grown-out layers with a… Read more You can’t ask me that: Going anywhere nice this year?
You can’t ask me that: Why asking ‘how are you’ isn’t as easy as it seems. - Even for the native speaker, the English language is full of pitfalls. There are hundreds of seemingly innocuous words and phrases that can mark you out as the wrong sort… Read more You can’t ask me that: Why asking ‘how are you’ isn’t as easy as it seems.

 

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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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