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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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Dear Diary: Could keeping a journal be the key to wellness? - It’s not that time again – yet. New Year’s Eve is still a long way off. But for this week’s wellness hack, I’d like to propose something that we generally tend to think… Read more Dear Diary: Could keeping a journal be the key to wellness?
Can curing our shopping addiction help cure the planet? - To be human is to be a problem for the planet. We all know that by now. We consume too much. We travel too much. We simply are too much for poor old Mother… Read more Can curing our shopping addiction help cure the planet?
Is it any wonder we Brits strip off at the first sight of sun? - The sun is out in the United Kingdom. Well, it is out as I write. By the time you read this, the sun will probably be back in again and we… Read more Is it any wonder we Brits strip off at the first sight of sun?

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New Book: Three Sunny Days - It’s that time of year again.  My new book, Three Days In Florence, is out now in e-book and paperback (for all you book-sniffers).  Wherever you’re spending this summer, I… Read more New Book: Three Sunny Days
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…

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