Jenny Colgan

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Jenny T. Colgan
Born (1972-09-14) 14 September 1972 (age 46)
Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland
Pen nameJenny Colgan,
Jane Beaton,
J. T. Colgan,
Jenny T. Colgan
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Notable awardsRoNA Award

Jenny Colgan (born 14 September 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland) is a writer of romantic comedy fiction and science-fiction, and has written for the Doctor Who line of stories. She writes under her own name and using the pseudonyms Jane Beaton and J. T. Colgan.

She won the Romantic Novel of the Year award in 2013 for Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams and the Romantic Novelists' Association award for Comedy Novel of the Year in 2018 for The Summer Seaside Kitchen.[1]


Personal life[edit]

Jenny Colgan studied at the University of Edinburgh and worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic.

She is married to Andrew, a marine engineer, and has three children, Wallace, Michael-Francis, and Delphie.[2] She splits her time between France and London.

In 2000, she published her first novel, the romantic comedy Amanda's Wedding. In 2013 her novel Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.[3]

In July 2012 her Doctor Who tie-in novel Dark Horizons was published under the name J. T. Colgan.[4]


Colgan deactivated her Twitter account after her review[5] of Nadiya Hussain's debut novel received a fierce backlash on social media. She asked of Hussain, who has had a successful career since appearing on the BBC One's The Great British Bake Off, “Does she really need to put her name to a novel, too, when there’s only so much shelf space to go around?” and accused Hussain of being “greedy”. Joanne Harris took issue with her points, saying Colgan is "a high-profile, well-established white author, begrudging a Muslim woman 'shelf space.' [6] [7]


As Jenny Colgan[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Amanda's Wedding (2000)
  • Looking for Andrew McCarthy (2001)
  • Talking to Addison (2001)
  • Working Wonders (2003) aka Arthur Project
  • Do You Remember the First Time? (2004) aka The Boy I Loved Before
  • Sixteen Again (2004)
  • Where Have All the Boys Gone? (2005)
  • West End Girls (2006)
  • Operation Sunshine (2007)
  • Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend (2008)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Dumped (2010)
  • The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris (2013)
  • The Bookshop on the Corner (2016) aka The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After
  • The Summer Seaside Kitchen (2017)[8]

Beach Street Bakery[edit]

  1. The Little Beach Street Bakery (2014)
  2. Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery (2015)
  3. Christmas at the Beach Street Bakery (2016)

Cupcake Café[edit]

  1. Meet me at the Cupcake Café (2011)
  2. Christmas at the Cupcake Café (2012)

Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop[edit]

  1. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams (2012)
  2. Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop (2013)
  3. The Christmas Surprise (2014)

As Jane Beaton[edit]

Maggie, a Teacher In Turmoil[edit]

  1. Class (2008)
  2. Rules (2010)

J. T. Colgan / Jenny T. Colgan[edit]

  • Resistance Is Futile (2015)
  • Spandex and the City (2017)

Doctor Who[edit]


  1. ^ "Atkins wins Romantic Novel of the Year accolade | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  2. ^ Jenny Colgan's Biography
  3. ^ Awards by the Romantic Novelists' Association
  4. ^ News, Doctor Who. "BBC Books: Dark Horizons".
  5. ^ Colgan, Jenny. "The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain review – what the Bake Off winner did next". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Jenny Colgan review sparks social media storm | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  7. ^ "Novelist quits Twitter... after she criticised Bake Off winner's book". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  8. ^ "Women's fiction - Jenny Colgan- Books - Chicklit".

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