Carole Matthews

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Carole Matthews is a successful and popular British author, famous for her sense of humour and her romantic comedy novels.[1] Her books have sold over 5.8 million books worldwide and have been published in more than 31 countries. In 2011, Matthews was inducted into the Festival of Romance Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to romance writing.[2]


Mathews was born in St Helens, Merseyside in 1960 and was always an avid reader. She attended Champneys College where she studied Beauty Therapy. She has worked as a secretary, ice-cream lady, television presenter, beauty therapist and freelance writer. Her first book was Let's Meet on Platform Eight and was published in 1997.

Her latest book is Million Love Songs.[3]

She has published 31 novels and has appeared on the Sunday Times and USA Today bestsellers lists and her books, Welcome To The Real World and Wrapped up in You have both made the shortlist for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Novel of the Year Award.[4][5]

Her 4th book For Better, For Worse, was picked in summer 2002 for a TV book club pick in America, Reading with Ripa, on the show Live with Regis and Kelly. She has sold over 5.8 million books worldwide and is published in more than 31 countries. She has had more than 3.8 million library lends in the United Kingdom since she started writing.[6][7]

In 2011, she was inducted into the Festival of Romance Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to romance writing.[8][9]

In 2015 Carole was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association for 25 novels which have consistently appeared in bestseller lists, and for her continued championing of the RNA and romantic fiction. [10]

As well as writing, Matthews has also been a television presenter and is a regular radio guest.[11]

She lives in Milton Keynes with her husband, Kevin, who she regularly refers to as 'Lovely Kev.'

UK Books[edit]

Title Year
Let's Meet on Platform 8 1997
A Whiff of Scandal 1998
More to Life than this 1999
For Better, For Worse 2001
A Minor Indiscretion 2002
A Compromising Position 2003
The Sweetest Taboo 2004
With or Without You 2005
You Drive Me Crazy 2006
Welcome to the Real World 2006
The Chocolate Lovers' Club 2007
The Chocolate Lovers' Diet 2007
It's A Kind of Magic 2008
All You Need Is Love 2008
The Difference a Day Makes 2009
That Loving Feeling 2009
It's Now or Never 2010
The Only Way is Up 2010
Wrapped Up In You 2011
Summer Daydreams 2012
With Love at Christmas 2012
A Cottage by the Sea 2013
Calling Mrs Christmas 2013
A Place to Call Home 2014
The Christmas Party 2014
The Cake Shop in the Garden 2015
The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas 2015
The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding 2016
Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses 2016
Christmas Cakes, and Mistletoe Nights 2017
Million Love Songs 2018
Happiness For Beginners 2019



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  2. ^, All: Stephanie Pegler []; e-mail:. "Chicklit Club - Author Interview - Carole Matthews". Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  3. ^ "BCB and More: AUTHOR BIO - Carole Matthews". Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  4. ^, -. "Carole Matthews". Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  5. ^ "Carole Matthews |". Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  6. ^ "Carole Matthews". Archived from the original on 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  7. ^ "carole matthews: 'i didn't think people like me wrote books'". Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  8. ^ "Carole Matthews". Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  9. ^ "Purbeck Literary Festival". Purbeck Literary Festival. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  10. ^ "Awards - Romantic Novelists Association". Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Carole Mathews". Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  12. ^ "Carole Matthews - UK Books". Retrieved 31 July 2015.

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