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The Little Shop of Happy Ever After


11 February 2016


Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan returns with an hilarious, heartwarming, happy-ever-after as Nina follows her heart – and her dreams – to a new life in the countryside.

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs.

Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…

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Resistance Is Futile


2 June 2016


Discover this summer’s most irregular love story . . .

Connie’s smart. She’s funny. But when it comes to love, she’s only human.

As a brilliant mathematician with bright red hair – Connie’s used to being considered a little unusual. But when she’s recruited for a top-secret code-breaking project, nothing can prepare her for working with someone quite as peculiar as Luke.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan comes a charmingly quirky tale of love, friendship . . . and the possible obliteration of mankind.

‘Quirky, funny and romantic’ Sophie Kinsella

‘A riotous cocktail of geeks’ Matt Haig, author of The Humans

‘It’s not so often that I fall so completely in love with a book . . intelligent, funny, moving and beautiful’ Rowan Coleman, author of The Memory Book

‘Joyous, suspenseful, poignant, funny, heart-breaking, and above all else, a pleasure to read’ Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery


February 2015


Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle.

And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

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Polly and the Puffin

Little Brown Young Readers

February 2015


Polly heard a CRASH downstairs. Was it a monster? NO! Was it a spider alien? NO!
It was a little puffin with a broken wing…

When Polly discovers an injured puffin, she and her mummy look after him in their cottage by the sea.

Slowly, Neil’s wing heals and Polly must prepare herself to say goodbye to her new friend. Will she ever see him again?

Perfect for bedtime stories and early readers. From the author of The Little Beach Street Bakery.

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The Christmas Surprise


08 October 2015


Includes mouth-watering recipes

Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it’s going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together.

After all, don’t they say it takes a village to raise a child?

Treat yourself and your friends to Jenny Colgan’s heartwarming new novel this Christmas.

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The Little Beach Street Bakery




Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop.

And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it.

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.

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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop


7 November 2013


Curl up with Rosie and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas . . .

Includes mouth-watering recipes!

Curl up with Rosie, her friends and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas . . .

Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She’s going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can’t wait.

But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie’s plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what’s best for the sweetshop also what’s best for Rosie?

Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan’s heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.

Standalone sequel to the much-loved and bestselling Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013

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The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris


14th March 2013


Mouth-watering recipes inside!

As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work; mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.

It’s a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime – to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier.

With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate – and herself – than she ever dreamed.

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Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe


25th October 2012


Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn’t be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don’t seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe – with its increased demand for her delectable creations – begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.

This December, Issy will have to rely on all her reserves of courage, good nature and cinnamon, to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, one way or another. . .

Indulge yourself and your sweet-toothed friends with Jenny Colgan’s new novel, simply bursting with Christmas cupcake recipes and seasonal sugar-fuelled fun.

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Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Penny chews or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money . . . the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag . . .

Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian’s sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong.

Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton’s sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets.

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – a novel – with recipes.

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Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe



Ever dreamed of starting over?

Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that – Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe. It should be a piece of cake, right?

Wrong. As her friends point out, she has trouble remembering where she left her house keys, let alone trying to run her own business. But Issy is determined. Armed with recipes posted to her from Grampa, and with her local bank manager fighting her corner, Issy attempts to prove everyone wrong. Following your dreams is never easy and this is no exception. Can Issy do it?

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The Good, The Bad and the Dumped


13th May 2010


Posy is delighted when Matt proposes – on top of a mountain, in a gale, in full-on romantic mode. But then disaster strikes and he backs out of the engagement. Crushed and humiliated, Posy starts thinking. Why has her love life always, ALWAYS ended in total disaster? Determined to discover how she got to this point, Posy resolves to track down her exes …

Is there hope for Matt, or will she fall back in love with an old flame? What about Lord Voldemort, the old boyfriend that cannot be named? And could Posy face up to the idea that, actually, one day she could live life on her own terms?

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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend


7th May 2009


What does an It girl do if she loses all her money?

Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town – she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn’t really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world. to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever.

Scraping a living as an assistant to a ‘glamour’ photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can – this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back – but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?

Full of warmth and humour, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend is the charming new comedy from the wonderful Jenny Colgan.

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Operation Sunshine


12th June 2008


Evie needs a good holiday. Not just because she’s been working all hours in her job, but also because every holiday she has ever been on in her life has involved sunburn, arguments and projectile vomiting – sometimes all three at once. Why can’t she have a normal holiday, like other people seem to have – some sun, sand, sea and (hopefully) sex?

So when her employers invite her to attend a conference with them in the south of France, she can’t believe her luck. It’s certainly going to be the holiday of a lifetime – but not quite in the way Evie imagines!

‘Colgan at her warm, down-to-earth best’ Cosmopolitan

‘A Colgan novel is like listening to your best pal spilling the latest gossip – entertaining, dramatic and frequently hilarious’ Daily Record

‘Chick-lit with an ethical kick’ Mirror

‘With scalpel-sharp dialogue and witty one-liners, this will have you grinning from ear to ear’ Daily Record

‘An entertaining read’ Sunday Express

‘Jenny Colgan’s latest novel will not disappoint her legion of fans. This fast-paced, easy-to-read book will have readers turning pages with anticipation . . . A witty, fun read’ Ulster Tatler

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West End Girls


24th April 2007


The streets of London are paved with gold . . . allegedly.

They may be twin sisters, but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites – Penny is blonde, thin and outrageous; Lizzie quiet, thoughtful and definitely not thin. The one trait they do share is a desire to DO something with their lives and, as far as they are concerned, the place to get noticed is London.

Out of the blue they discover they have a grandmother living in Chelsea – and when she has to go into hospital, they find themselves flat-sitting on the King’s Road. But, as they discover, it’s not as easy to become It Girls as they’d imagined, and West End boys aren’t at all like Hugh Grant . . .

‘A brilliant novel from the mistress of chick-lit’ Eve

‘An inspiring, uplifting, feel-good feast’ Company

‘A hugely entertaining, witty read’ Closer

‘A chick-lit writer with a difference . . . never scared to try something different, Colgan always pulls it off . . . West End Girls is very funny, very sweet and very entertaining’ Image

‘West End Girls is the perfect summer sunbather, easy to read, packed with gags and truths’ Irish News

‘Jenny Colgan brings us yet another feel-good indulgence with this fabulously quirky read . . . full of laugh-out-loud observations . . . utterly unputdownable’ Woman

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Where Have All the Boys Gone?

June 2005


Katie’s glad it isn’t a man’s world any more. That said she’d be quite pleased if there were more men in it – or at least single ones, anyway. With the media happily telling her she’s more likely to get murdered than married, Katie resigns herself to the fact there’s no sex in the city and heads for the hills – or the Scottish highlands, to be precise. Despite the fact she’s never been a girl for wellies – and Fairlish is in the middle of nowhere – the tiny town does have one major draw: men. Though not necessarily the right ones …

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Do You Remember the First Time?

August 2004


Ever wished you could turn back time? Flora’s wish is about to come true.

As her best friend Tashy cuts into a wedding cake, thirty-two-year-old Flora realises she is disillusioned with life. What she wouldn’t give to be sixteen again . . . she’d give anything for a life less complicated – a life a little more, well, fun. But when her wish comes true, things don’t turn out quite as she expects. In the world of ten-odd-years-ago, Flora’s in for the shock of her life . . .

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Working Wonders

September 2003


Laughs, loves, office life. And just a little touch of magic . . .

Something magical has just entered Arthur Pendleton’s dull life. Or rather someone magical – the gorgeous, clever and totally enchanting Gwyneth Morgan. As head of a team of management consultants, Gwyneth is way out of Arthur’s league. But can he find a way to win her heart?

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Looking for Andrew McCarthy

June 2002


Eighties child Ellie really thought life was going to be like Pretty in Pink, St Elmo’s Fire and all those other movies – movies where everyone was astoundingly glamorous, popular, successful, had huge apartments and lived Happily Ever After. But now that she and her gang are thirty, she has to admit that things haven’t quite turned out that way.

Determined to find some answers, Ellie sets out to track down Andrew McCarthy – wherever he is now. Ellie’s epic journey will take her all across the USA . . . and on the trip of a lifetime.

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Talking to Addison

January 2001


Holly is a frustrated florist whose life doesn’t exactly seem to be coming up smelling of roses. Fleeing the house share from hell, she moves in with Josh, Kate, and the gorgeous Addison. But Addison keeps himself to himself, and Holly’s determined to get to know him better. Can she drag him away from his internet ‘girlfriend’ Claudia, or will they just continually get their wires crossed?

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Amanda's Wedding

January 2000


Mel and Fran can’t believe it when their old school friend Amanda, Satan’s very own PR girl, pulls off the ultimate publicity stunt in getting herself engaged to a Scottish laird. Who cares that Fraser McConnald has worn the same pair of Converse trainers for the last three years and that his castle is a pile of rubble with one Calor Gas heater – she’ll be titled!

Gentle, decent Fraser is clearly ignorant of Amanda’s wiles, so Mel and Fran, still smarting from the memory of all the mean things Amanda put them through in their days at Portmount Comprehensive, set out to sabotage this mismatch of the century.