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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: Do we really need to celebrate Valentine’s Day?- Of all the Hallmark Holidays, St Valentine’s Day must be the most despicable. What started out as a festival to celebrate love has become, like every other special day, a… Read more You can’t ask me that: Do we really need to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Dear corporations, please stop asking me to rate you on your service- Is there anything more annoying than an unsolicited request for feedback? These days, feedback fever infects just about every aspect of life. It’s not just at work that we’re expected… Read more Dear corporations, please stop asking me to rate you on your service
You can’t ask me that: What’s your name?- Becoming a parent involves a few basic responsibilities like feeding and clothing the child in your care and keeping their tiny fingers from the dog’s mouth or the gas fire.… Read more You can’t ask me that: What’s your name?

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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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