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The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club: the perfect laugh-out-loud romantic comedy

By Chrissie Manby

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The wonderful new novel from Chrissie Manby, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Trisha Ashley and The Great British Bake Off.

'Funny, warm and engaging; this year's must-read! 5****' By the Letter Book Reviews

In the quaint seaside town of Newbay, a beginner's cookery course is starting. And three very different students have signed up...

Liz's husband has left her for a twenty-something clean-eating blogger, and she's determined to show the world - and her daughter - she's just as capable in the kitchen. John, newly widowed after fifty years of marriage, can't live on sympathy lasagnes forever. To thirty-year-old workaholic Bella, the course is a welcome escape from her high-pressure job. Their only common ground: between them, they can barely boil an egg!

Enter talented chef Alex, who is determined to introduce his pupils to the comforts of cuisine. As Liz, John and Bella encounter various disasters in the kitchen, the unlikely trio soon form a fast friendship. Their culinary skills might be catastrophic - but could the cookery club have given them a recipe for happiness?

The wonderful new novel from bestselling author Chrissie Manby is perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Trisha Ashley, Cathy Bramley, and The Great British Bake Off.

Praise for The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club:

'A lovely book which brought a tear to my eye in places' - Broadbeansbooks

'Heartwarming' - The Book Bag

'Funny and emotional...a MUST READ this autumn' - On My Bookshelf

'A very warm tale full of different kinds of love; just delicious!' - Netgalley Reviewer

'If you want a funny, emotional read that will leave you wanting more then you need this book in your life!' - Goodreads

'I loved this book... the perfect place to find a recipe for happiness!' - Goodreads

'What an absolute joy to read...such a lovely story' - Goodreads

'A winning recipe of a story... I devoured it from cover to cover!' - Goodreads

'Just the breath of fresh air that I needed... I could have kept reading for many more pages!' - Netgalley

'I adored this hilarious book!' I Read Novels

'Chrissie Manby has cooked up a fine tale' Cultural Wednesday

'What a wonderfully lighthearted and uplifting novel, one I couldn't put down' - Bloglovin

'An absolute joy to read - highly recommended for when you need a little pick-me-up!' - Brew and Book Reviews

Biographical Notes

Chrissie Manby is the author of twenty romantic comedies including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, THE MATCHBREAKER and SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her novel about behaving badly after a break-up, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award.

Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on www.cakewrecks.com. She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she can't walk in.

You can follow her on Twitter @chrissiemanby, or visit her website www.chrissiemanby.co.uk to find out more.

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  • ISBN: 9781473639775
  • Publication date: 21 Sep 2017
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
I've been a fan of Manby's writing for years and thoroughly enjoyed this — Daily Mail
A lovely book which brought a tear to my eye in places — Broadbeansbooks
Heartwarming... truly funny — The Bookbag
Chrissie Manby has cooked up a fine tale...the food is so lovingly described that I felt that I could cook the dishes mentioned — Cultural Wednesday
This really is such a fabulous read. I dare you not to try and laugh, as I for one couldn't control it! Funny, heart-warming and engaging, The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club is this year's must-read — By the Letter Book Reviews
The perfect place to find a recipe for happiness. I adored this hilarious book... [it's] the perfect laugh-out-loud romantic paperback comedy — I Read Novels
What a wonderfully lighthearted and uplifting novel — Bloglovin
'I loved everything about this book, it has a little romance, a little mystery, and great insights into family dynamics but most of all it's hilarious. It's Chrissie Manby at her absolute best and is the funniest book I've read all year' — That Thing She Reads
An absolute joy to read...a gentle romantic comedy that ticks all of the right boxes. I highly recommend this book when you need a little pick me up. It's a lovely read. — Brew and Book Reviews
'[This novel] was funny and emotional, it was heartwarming, it was so genuine and realistic and it is a MUST READ this autumn. Highly recommended!' — On My Bookshelf
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