Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012

Prestwick-born author Jenny Colgan was last night announced as the winner of the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance for her latest book Meet Me At The Cupcake Café.  So, celebratory cupcakes all round!

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny ColganIssy 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?

Melissa Nathan was herself the bestselling author of The Nanny and The Waitress. The award was set up by Melissa’s husband after her death from breast cancer at the age of 37. Melissa wanted to ‘encourage and reward writers who can combine in a novel the magical, life-enhancing elements of humour and love’.

Previous winners include : Helen Simonson for Major Pettigrew’s last stand, Lisa Jewell for 31 Dream Streetand Marian Keyes for Anyone Out There?

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