Melissa Nathan Shortlist 2009 Announced

The short-listed novels for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance have today been revealed.

The six short-listed books and authors are:


The Secret Shopper’s Revenge by Kate Harrison. Orion

Bridesmaids by Jane Costello. Pocket Books

Recipe For Disaster by Miriam Morrison. Arrow

A Winter’s Tale by Trisha Ashley. Avon

The Marriage Bureau For Rich People by Farahad Zama. Abacus

The Importance Of Being Emma by Juliet Archer. ChocLit


The winning author will be presented with a cheque for £5,000 at a gala evening at Café de Paris in London on 10th June.

The criteria for the Best Comedy Romance Award were drawn up by best-selling author Melissa Nathan, who died of cancer in 2006. The Award is a fitting tribute to Melissa, who loved comedy, romance and good writing, and wanted the genre to get the recognition it deserved.

The Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance (MNA) is the UK’s only literary award dedicated to comedy romance. The judging panel features the writer and comedienne Jo Brand, mega-selling novelists Joanna Trollope OBE and Sophie Kinsella, Tesco’s Head Book Buyer Gaynor Allen, actor and comedienne Morwenna Banks, and actor and television presenter Liza Tarbuck.

From a personal note, I have immediately ordered two of these books which were new to me – and I am intrigued that the plotline of one of them is strangely, horrifyingly, similar to my new book for Mills and Boon – except probably written brilliantly.

More later. Happy Easter.