This November sees the publication of 'A Fairy-tale for Christmas', the latest romantic comedy from top-ten best-selling author, Chrissie Manby.
The novel is set in the fictional town of Newbay, with a cast of characters who are members of the Newbay Theatre Society, otherwise known as 'The NEWTS'. Earlier this year the author came down to Torbay, to speak to members of the Toads amateur dramatic society, based in the Little Theatre, to research her story.To help celebrate the book's publication Chrissie Manby and several members of the Toads society will be appearing at the Little Theatre on Saturday 26th November for a special event.
You are invited to join them to hear the inside story of Chrissie's book and also many tales of local stage life which have never been told publicly before. Local actors and directors, Lydia Dockray, Roger Heath, Jon Manley, Anna Reynolds, Ben Tisdall, and Jolyon Tuck will share with you their experiences of putting on shows locally as well as how they met with the author to offer her inspiration. Find out how much of what they told her has made it into the book. They might even tell you what couldn't be published!
Chrissie Manby is a celebrated author, and this will be her twenty-first romantic comedy novel. She also writes as Olivia Darling, Stella Knightley and Stephanie Ash and teaches creative writing. As well as being in conversation on the night, she will be signing copies of 'A Fairy-Tale for Christmas' after the show, priced at £7.99 - the ideal Christmas present.
More about the book: What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after... or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'? With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.